Sam Allardyce Considering Biggest Transfer Gamble In His Career
Sam Allardyce's start to life at Crystal Palace is not what he'd have hoped for and now the former England manager is considering a huge transfer gamble in order to get his team away from the relegation zone.
Last season 'Big Sam' pulled off potentially the biggest footballing miracle of his illustrious career when he kept Sunderland up in the Premier League with barely anyone giving him a chance.
Just a few months later and Allardyce finds himself in a slightly better position than when he took over at the Stadium of Light but with Palace clearly in desperate need to turn things around.
There's no better time for Big Sam to start his magic than in the transfer window and, according to The Mirror, he is considering funding his January shopping with the sale of Christian Benteke!
Benteke was only signed in the summer for £30 million from Liverpool, the club's all time transfer record, and he is currently the top scorer with eight goals this season with James McArthur in second with five.
Selling the Belgian would be a huge gamble as his goals could secure Palace's place in the Premier League but Allardyce clearly thinks he can sacrifice Benteke to improve the entire squad.
The London club's weakest area has been defence however losing Benteke would also mean a need to bring in a replacement with Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell the only two other strikers to have scored.
Leicester City have already reportedly turned down a £9.5 million bid for Jeffrey Schlupp from Palace whilst Norwich's Robbie Brady is also on their list of transfer targets.
Beijing Guoan are apparently amongst a number of Chinese clubs interested in Benteke with his current club only likely to sell if they get every penny they spent on him back to improve the squad.
It would be a huge gamble by Allardyce.