By Harvey Byrne
Yannick Bolasie has revealed that he wants Liverpool striker Christian Benteke and Saido Berahino to join him at Sellhurst Park this summer.
Sky Sports reported earlier this month that the Eagles had tabled a £25 million bid for Benteke, but the valuation is believed to have fallen short of what the Anfield Club think he’s worth. Liverpool are reportedly holding out for £30m.
In an interview, Bolasie has named the powerful Belgian attacker as one of the players that he hopes Palace can bring to the club, alongside Saido Berahino.
“I know Saido and he would be a good signing,” said Bolasie to Sky Sports.
“I think he’s a top lad. Everyone gets him a bit wrong but he’s a top guy. And obviously Benteke has Congolese origin, same as me.
“It’s good to see fresh faces come through the door, especially with what we’re seeing in the Premier League so far; the managers that have come in and players coming in from all over the world.”
Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 appearances during his time at Villa, but that form dipped after his big-money move to Anfield, which saw him net on nine occasions in 29 league games for the club.
The former Genk star is just one in a long list of failed forwards at Anfield since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.
He is behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and fit-again Danny Ings in the pecking order to lead the Liverpool attack, as well as playmaker Roberto Firmino.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Besiktas president Fikret Orman has revealed that he’s interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to the club.