Mourinho ‘green lights’ shock move for Premier League striker

Lewis Oldham

Jose Mourinho has given his backing for Tottenham Hotspur to sign Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke, according to reports.

Benteke first moved to the Premier League in 2012, as he signed for Aston Villa from Genk. The Belgium international enjoyed a great three years with the Villans.

From his 101 appearances in all competitions, he scored 49 goals. This form earned him a move to Liverpool in July 2015 for around £32m.

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Most of Benteke’s appearances came off the bench during his debut season. He did make 42 appearances of the course of the season, though, scoring ten goals in the process.

He did leave the club at the end of that season, however. The striker signed for Crystal Palace for a fee of £27m plus add-ons.

The 29-year-old scored 17 goals in all competitions during his debut campaign at Selhurst Park. But in his last three seasons, he has only added six more goals to that tally.

From 116 appearances in all competitions, Benteke has scored just 23 goals for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Tottenham have been desperate to sign a new striker all summer. Harry Kane struggled a bit with injuries last season, which will no doubt worry Mourinho.

Spurs have already been linked with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, but they are yet to sign a new frontman. Football Insider are now reporting that Mourinho has set his sights on Palace’s Benteke this window.

Mourinho has made clear his desire to sign a new forward this summer. Speaking on the issue earlier this window, the former Chelsea and Man Utd boss said:

“I want, I need a striker. But I want to make it very, very clear that the club – the structure above me – knows that I need a striker and also wants a striker.”