Transfer Rumor Roundup: Benteke to Palace, Lacazette to Arsenal

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AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen has spoken about his disappointment at not being a Tottenham Hotspur just yet.

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The Dutch forward, 22, is coming off the back of a breakout season for AZ as he scored 27 goals in 32 games and made his way into the Netherlands national team.

That prompted Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham to bid $19.8 million but AZ want $22 million for the Eredivisie’s leading scorer in 2015-16.

Speaking to Dutch television on his first day back in preseason with AZ, Janssen revealed his disappointment.

“I have expressed my choice to the club. In my opinion, Spurs bid a high amount,” Janssen said. “At the moment I’m still a bit disappointed with AZ. I’m disappointed with how they behaved. I would like to make the move.”

Those comments suggest the striker may yet be on his way to Spurs as they look to take some of the burden off Harry Kane as a UEFA Champions League campaign awaits.

Alexandre Lacazette could be on Arsenal’s wishlist as Arsene Wenger refused to rule out signing the forward when asked by Canal+ during EURO 2016.

The French striker, 25, has excelled at Lyon, scoring 54 goals in 83 games over the past two seasons.

Tottenham had shown interest in Lacazette in the past, while West Ham have already had a bid turned down by Lyon as they value Lacazette at $53 million.

With Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s only out-and-out striker, the need for a more clinical poacher is clear for the Gunners after they came runners up in the PL last season.

After letting Dwight Gayle move on to Newcastle United, Crystal Palace are on the hunt for a new striker.

It has been reported that they bid $43 million for Michy Batshuayi but Chelsea now appear poised to sign the Belgian striker. That means Alan Pardew has turned his attentions to another Belgian: Christian Benteke.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool have told Palace they will have to pay $40 million for Benteke as the Eagles look to rescue him from his Anfield nightmare. After arriving at Liverpool last season from Aston Villa, Benteke scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances and new manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t appear to be a fan of his.

Palace looked incredibly solid in the first half of last season before their woeful second half of the campaign but with their pace on the wings they created chances galore. Now the focus is on getting someone in this summer who can finish those chances off. Is Benteke the right man?