Could Palace signing Bournemouth's Afobe help Everton land Benteke?

Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth at Liberty Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

If Crystal Palace sign Benik Afobe from Bournemouth as rumoured could that see Everton renew their interest in Christian Benteke?

Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth at Liberty Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match against Swansea City.

Crystal Palace are ready to pay Bournemouth £15m for Benik Afobe in the January transfer window, according to the Sun, with new manager Roy Hodgson wanting to improve his attack.

Despite an upturn in form since Hodgson took charge following the sacking of Frank de Boer, having won two, drawn three and lost two of their last seven Premier League matches, the Eagles are still struggling to find the back of the net.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace ahead of the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Brighton, England.Roy Hodgson, manager of Crystal Palace, ahead of the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Only Swansea City have scored fewer than Palace's eight goals in the top flight of English football this term and the 70-year-old believes Afobe could help change that.

The striker has fallen down the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium and with the Cherries having paid Wolverhampton Wanderers a total of £12m for the 24-year-old, the South Londoners believe making a £3m profit will convince them to sell.

If Afobe does arrive at Selhurst Park then could that then pave the way for Christian Benteke to leave? The Evening Standard were one of several publications over the summer that reported that Everton were interested in Benteke as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace is tackled by Davy Propper of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex...Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace is tackled by Davy Propper of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match at Amex Stadium.

The Toffees have also struggled in 2017/18 and it is believed part of that is due to the fact that they failed to fill the void left by topscorer Lukaku's departure to Manchester United.

With the BBC reporting that Sam Allardyce is on the verge of being named the new boss at Goodison Park, signing a new forward is likely to be one of the 63-year-old's priorities in the January transfer window and with Benteke suiting a direct style favoured by the Englishman, perhaps interest in the Belgian from Merseyside has not disappeared just yet.

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