EVERTON boss Sam Allardyce is reportedly preparing a January swoop for striker Christian Benteke.
The 27-year-old played under the management of Big Sam at Selhurst Park last season.
According to The Mirror, the ex-England chief is eyeing a reunion with the Belgian ace in a bid to bolster his attack.
Despite signing Wayne Rooney, who has scored 10 goals this season, the Toffees are still struggling in front of goal.
Following the departure of Romelu Lukaku, the Blues are still looking to sign an out-and-out striker.
However, Big Sam has allegedly been told that he needs to offload some players before he considers splashing out.
Everton, under the management of Everton, spent £148.38million in the previous transfer window.
Benteke ended his drab run of form for Roy Hodgson's side on Saturday with his first Premier League goal since May.
The strikers goal kicked-off a 3-0 victory against Leicester City to secure a rare away win for the Eagles.
He now has one goal and one assist to his name after 1030 minutes of football.
Big Sam has also indicated his interest in £20m-rated Besiktas star Cenk Tosun ahead of next month's transfer window.
And the Blues boss even cancelled the club's Christmas party following the poor start to the season.
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