Has the door opened for a Christian Benteke return to Aston Villa?

Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Crystal...

Dean Smith's Aston Villa side are thought to have money to spend, and Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke is said to be available.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England.

The door may just be opening for Aston Villa to bring back Christian Benteke.

The Daily Mail report that Crystal Palace are now looking to offload Benteke in January, as they look to reshape their strike force, and that should alert Villa.

Dean Smith’s side have made no secret of the fact that they have funds to spend in January, and a move for Benteke may now just be possible.

 

Although negotiations will still have to be done, Villa may now have their best chance yet to bring the Belgian international back to Villa Park.

Benteke has just 18 months left on his contract at Palace, and the Eagles are determined to maximise his value.

Roy Hodgson’s side does not appear to want to use Benteke regularly himself, so his value is highly unlikely to increase from sitting on the bench at Selhurst Park.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

However, if Benteke was to move to Villa and start scoring again, he could begin to attract attention.

Palace would have to subsidise Benteke’s wages for Smith’s side to take the target-man, but if they want to have a chance of getting some money back for the forward, that could be a small sacrifice to make.

Benteke, himself, would likely welcome a move back to Villa, as he was so successful there before.

The powerful forward’s confidence looks to be very low right now, after a lengthy spell of failing to hit the back of the net.

And if Villa could get Benteke back to his best then it could suit all parties involved in the deal.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace reatcs to an officials decision the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

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