Crystal Palace want for out-of-favour Leicester winger Demarai Gray with Christian Benteke nearing free transfer exit

CRYSTAL PALACE are in the race for Leicester’s out-of-favour winger Demarai Gray.

The Eagles will swoop for Gray as a replacement for Andros Townsend if he leaves this month — or at the end of his deal in the summer.

Gray seems sure to seek a fresh start after Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers sidelined him.

He has only played one Premier League game in a season that has seen Leicester storm into third, two points off the top.

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are looking to sign a handful of players, as many of his squad are set to leave this summer.

Gray, 24, would have a better chance of playing with them as they reshape their group.

Leicester’s wide man has other interest at home and abroad but Palace are emerging as serious contenders.

Christian Benteke, 30, may be the next to leave Selhurst Park after the arrival of Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz.

The 6ft 3in Belgian striker Benteke is hoping to be released and given a pay off to explore possibilities AFTER the window shuts as a free agent.


He is in his fifth season as a Palace player and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Benteke has managed just three goals in 13 league appearances this term – including a brace in last month's 5-1 thrashing of West Brom.

The Baggies have been linked with an interest in the former Liverpool and Aston Villa man.

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