Oldham Athletic sign Belgium striker Jonathan Benteke on a short-term deal until the end of the season, confirmed by the Club Website.

Benteke has been on trial with the Oldham squad over the past week and has impressed during that time, including scoring a goal in a Lancashire Senior Cup match against AFC Fylde.

It has led to him being offered a contract by Oldham, with Benteke joining on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

He is the brother of Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, and the two were previously at Palace together back in 2016, with Jonathan making one appearance before suffering an injury and missing the majority of the campaign.

The 22-year-old started his career at Standard Liege, and has also had spells at fellow Belgian sides Zulte-Waregem and Vise.

The arrival of Benteke means Latics now have six strikers at their disposal, with Craig Davies, Aaron Holloway, Courtney Duffus, Duckens Nazon and Eoin Doyle also at the club, although Doyle is injured until March.

After a frustrating transfer deadline day, Wellens didn’t seem keen on signing free agents before adding Jonathan Benteke to the squad as he told Manchester Evening News “Why are they out of contract? They haven’t got a club for a reason. Either something is wrong in their character so the club want them out of the dressing room and pay them up, or they haven’t had a club in the first place and are not good enough to get a club at this level,” he said.

“There are players out there who haven’t got a club but do we want to get them now? Is that good planning and preparation? I think you’re getting desperate if you start getting out of contact players.

“We had a Lancashire Senior Cup game against Fylde. They had two or three first team players in their team, and we had four trialists in the side and we got beat 3-1, so that speaks volumes.”

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