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Blow for Everton in striker hunt

Rumoured Toffees target Benteke is going nowhere according to his manager

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Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer insists Everton target Christian Benteke is happy at the club and won’t be leaving this summer.

Everton have been linked with a number of target men this summer as Ronald Koeman seeks a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Palace striker Benteke emerged last week as a potential target, though the rumour did cause a stir on social media given the Belgian’s Liverpool connections.

Benteke is certainly the type of player Koeman is looking for to lead his line. Strong, powerful, but not particularly mobile; you won’t see Benteke chasing many lost causes but he knows where the net is.

However, it was always a deal that looked a difficult to get over the line.

For starters Benteke only joined the club last summer for a hefty £27m and has three years remaining on his contract.

And given his impact on the side last season, scoring 15 Premier League goals, Palace were never going to be willing sellers.

If if they did consider a sale they would demand a sizeable fee - probably in the region of £50m (that’s what everyone is worth these days, right?) - as well as wanting to buy a replacement first.

Speaking in Hong Kong ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy, De Boer appeared to put an end to any hopes of Everton luring the former Aston Villa striker to Goodison Park, saying:

“He's happy here and we really want him to stay.

He made a great impact last season, especially in the second half of the season, and he is crucial to us and we don't want to sell him.”

Everton have also been linked with a £20m move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, though reports earlier this week claimed Borussia Dortmund are in pole position to land the France international.