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NOT FOR SALE: Chris­tian Ben­teke DON’T BE COCKY TOTTY: Kyle Walker has told his team-mates not to take vic­tory over Sh­effield United for granted CRYSTAL PALACE have been told they will have to pay £5mil­lion to land Black­burn striker Rudy Gest­ede. Rovers have re­jected a £3.5m of­fer for the Benin hit­man and are de­mand­ing £6m. But a re­vised bid of £5m should be enough to land the 26-year-old (left), who has bagged 12 goals in 23 Cham­pi­onship games this sea­son. Gest­ede ex­pects to move, hav­ing sat out Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Wi­gan at the week­end.

Agent David Wancier said: “Crystal Palace made an of­fer to Black­burn last week, but it was re­jected.

“Now the clubs have to dis­cuss to try to find a so­lu­tion. The player re­ally wants to sign for Crystal Palace.

“Rudy has been en­joy­ing this sea­son and just wants to play foot­ball. He just wants the club to con­sider this great op­por­tu­nity for him to achieve his am­bi­tion to play in the Pre­mier League.”

Palace boss Alan Pardew has al­ready signed one striker af­ter bring­ing in Yaya Sanogo on loan from Ar­se­nal un­til the end of the sea­son.

Swansea’s Bafe­timbi Gomis and Troy Deeney of Wat­ford are also tar­gets, but Palace have been put off by the pair’s price tag of £9m-plus.

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