​Crystal Palace are considering selling striker Christian Benteke, as manager Sam Allardyce looks to raise funds in order to bring in some much-needed reinforcements during this month's transfer window. 

The Eagles smashed their club record when they signed the Belgian from Liverpool last summer for an estimated £27m. 

The forward was the latest Premier League star to be linked with a move to the Chinese Super League on Monday and the ​Mirror suggest that whilst Allardyce is reluctant to let this season's top scorer leave, he accepts that funds need to be raised if he is to sign the players he thinks can help stave off the threat of relegation. 

With Palace keen to recoup all of the money that they forked out to buy Benteke just five months ago, one possible option may be selling him to a club from the China, with some reports already suggesting that Beijing Guoan are interested in signing the Belgium international. 

Though Benteke has found the net eight times this season, he has gone five matches without scoring and has also missed two penalties this season, the last of which came during Palace's 1-1 draw with Watford, which was also Allardyce's first game in charge. 

Having spent significant money last summer, the board members at Selhurst Park are unlikely to offer their new manager much money to sign players this January which leaves Allardyce with a difficult decision to make, should the club receive a significant offer for Benteke. 

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The Eagles have already been linked with a number of players this month, with Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp and Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady, rumoured to be on the manager's wish-list. 

Having not yet won a match as Palace boss, Allardyce takes his team to the London Stadium this weekend to face his former side West Ham United. 

Having gone seven matches without a win, the Eagles will need to pick up some points this Saturday, as defeat could well see them slip into the relegation zone, should either Swansea or Sunderland register three points from their respective matches.