By Dominic Toner
Liverpool have turned down a new bid for Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace, according to a report.
The Telegraph claimed last week that Palace had reignited their pursuit of the striker and the Belgium international was preparing himself for a move to Selhurst Park.
Sky Sports chief reporter and transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Palace had tabled an offer of £23million plus £7million in add-ons for Benteke.
But he said it had been rejected by Liverpool as the triggers for the additional payments were seen as “unrealistic” and the club are holding out for £32million.
Liverpool reject another bid from Crystal Palace for Benteke. Initial £23m. Plus £7m add ons. Add ons unrealistic. Liverpool want £32m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 16, 2016
The Eagles tabled an initial £25million bid for the Belgian last month but the Merseyside club want to recoup the entire £32.5million they paid Aston Villa for his services last summer.
Benteke is now surplus to requirements at Anfield and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that his club will sell the striker if their valuation is met, despite having four years remaining on his contract.
Benteke has dropped down the striker pecking order, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and even playmaker Roberto Firmino all considered ahead of him in the battle for the spearhead role.
He has not featured once for Klopp this summer and was not in the matchday squad for the 4-3 opening weekend Premier League triumph over Arsenal on Sunday.
Crystal Palace are desperate to add some firepower to their struggling attack but face competition for Benteke from Premier League rivals West Brom, while Everton are the new bookmakers’ favourites to land the player.
Sky Sports claim that the Baggies are interested in the 25-year-old but they will have to demolish the £12million club transfer record they spent on Salomon Rondon last summer.
Liverpool’s target man would feel right at home at the Hawthorns, with manager Tony Pulis preferring to use strength in attack. During his time at the Midlands club, Pulis has used the likes of Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe and Salomon Rondon.
Liverpool certainly didn’t struggle in attack without Benteke in their Premier League opener as they defeat Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates, with new forward Mane marking his debut with a goal
In other Liverpool transfer news, a left-back has claimed on Twitter that he has signed for the club.