Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Belgian striker Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Speaking in his press conference this morning, as reported by the BBC, the new Palace boss ruled out the possibilty of the striker leaving, following reports that he could be sold to fund further transfers.

Unless the chairman knows any different from me, Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Never say never but at the moment he is a Crystal Palace player. I am planning on him being here at the end of the window. He has a major part to play.

Benteke, who has not scored in five games now, has been linked with moves to the Chinese Super League.

Allardyce is expected to be very active in the January transfer window and will look to strength the squad to as he bids to avoid relegation for the first time as a Premier League manager.

Since arriving from Liverpool for what was a club-record fee the Belgian has scored eight goals this season.

Allardyce went on to confirm that the club have made bids for players.

We have got bids in for three or four players and will find out if they are successful later today.