Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce says striker Christian Benteke is not for sale.
Various reports yesterday suggested that he would not be moving to China in this transfer window and Allardyce is keen to keep him.
He said: “Unless the chairman knows any different from me, Christian Benteke is not for sale. I think he’ll be available for this weekend.
“I’m planning on him being here at the end of this window. He’s scored eight goals already and he’s got a big part to play.”
Crystal Palace are 17th in the top flight – one place above the relegation zone – and Belgium international, who has eight league goals this season, has not scored in his last five games.
“We have to play better off Christian,” said Allardyce.
“He is a very important player who we have to keep in the game as much as possible, feeding balls into his feet and chest and for him to hold it up and we spring off him.
“Everyone has to play better at the moment. Everyone has to up their game, not just Christian Benteke.”