By Tom Blackburn
West Ham are lining up a bid that will beat Crystal Palace in the race to sign Christian Benteke, according to a report.
Football Insider reported on Monday that Palace had increased their bid for the Liverpool striker to£31.5million including add-ons.
Now The Sun claim Slaven Bilic is ready to blow the Hammers’ rivals out of the water and hijack Palace’s deal for Benteke.
This comes after West Ham lost out to Chelsea for the signature of Michy Batshuayi, while they seem to have given up on signing Alexander Lacazette.
Palace upped their offer for Benteke earlier this week from the £25million bid of last week to an initial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons.
The 25-year-old forward, who has spent his summer on international duty at Euro 2016, joined the Merseysiders for £32.5million last summer from Aston Villa and Liverpool have made it clear they want to recoup their outlay.
Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he does not see the targetman in his future plans, which has resulted in his representatives talking to Palace officials over the last week.
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 games in all competitions for the club.
Benteke is just one in a long list of failed forwards at Anfield since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 and despite having four years left to run on his current deal, he too could be on his way out of the club this summer.
In other West Ham news, their fans have reacted on Twitter to the clubs approach for Robbie Brady.