Allardyce reveals Palace don't have an option to sign Sakho

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce insists he is pleased that his grandson was recently released by Manchester United.

Allardyce has suggested they would be interested in keeping the 27-year-old beyond the end of the season, but despite paying an initial loan fee of £2million they will have little advantage over any rivals that may emerge.

Palace are on course for a fifth consecutive top flight season and Allardyce said he wanted the club to restructure and kick on next term.

"It was a negotiation on the final day - it was just about getting it done, getting the loan deal done, not haggling about other things other than just making sure we get him here".

The youngster was not offered a new deal by Manchester United and despite reported interest from other Premier League clubs, he chose to drop down the ladder instead.

Benteke said: "I'm very happy to score again because I've helped the team earn a good point after we worked very hard to get back into the game".

"At the moment that has paid off for us", he added. Then if the time comes when the big club comes and takes him, at least we'll know he is ready.

"That can really only be determined now in the summer, whether he signs a new contract or not".

PFA Young Player of the Year nominee Dele Alli made 88 first-team appearances for MK Dons before moving to Tottenham in 2015, and is the exemplary case in favour of youngsters continuing their development by playing competitive football.

Meanwhile, Palace boss Allardyce will be hoping to maintain his side's fine form by getting another win on board in the home clash with Leicester City on Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders