Eagles are close to sign Benteke as deal is agreed

Alan Pardew, the Palace chief, has been coming in for some stick recently, more for his offers of club stalwarts, Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak concerning the baffling begin to the group season with a 1-0 home thrashing to West Brom. Benteke, 25, has been Pardew's objective all mid year, yet when Palace made its unique offer for the striker, the offer was turned down as not being sufficient. It is comprehended that Palace had initially offered £23 million, or more £7 million in additional items. In any case, the wage this week from the £25 million exchange to Everton of Bolasie and the £4 million got from Aston Villa for Jedinak empowered Palace to about-face for Benteke with a greater wedge.