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Omonia to sign on Benteke’s younger brother

Omonia have signed on Jonathan Benteke – the younger brother of Crystal Palace and Belgium striker Christian Benteke.

Pambos Christodoulou’s Omonia – who missed out on Europe for the first time over a decade earlier in the summer – are aiming for a rejuvenated start this season after the financially-stricken Nicosia club missed out on their targets in the last few years.

Media reports in Cyprus on Thursday claimed that the club had agreed personal terms with the out-of-work striker.

The younger Benteke had signed for Crystal Palace in September last year, just days after his older brother had sealed a £32million to Selhurst Park from Liverpool.

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The younger Benteke was told he was unwanted by Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem.

They mutually agreed to terminate his contract in the summer, although his former club want a fee of £85,000 to compensate them for money invested in the player.

He is also a striker, like his brother, but managed just two goals in 17 games two seasons ago and was not registered in Palace’s 25-man Premier League squad last season.

Being unattached, Omonia can sign on the 22-year-old – who started out his career at Standard Liege – despite the transfer window closing on August 31.

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