By Coral Barry

West Ham will not firm up their interest in Liverpool’s Christian Benteke after deciding the overall package to buy the striker was too expensive, according to a report.

The Hammers had put Benteke on their forward shortlist at the start of the summer after revealing they were ready to spend upwards of £25million on a top class striker.

The London Evening Standard now claim that attacker will definitely not be Liverpool’s towering frontman Benteke.

Crystal Palace have made a £27million offer for Benteke, but with add-ons that could rise to 31.5million and although West Ham are ready to splash that kind of cash if necessary, they have been put off the deal by the Belgium international’s wage demands.

Benteke is thought to command a salary in the region of £100,000-a-week plus at Liverpool and West Ham are not interested in replicating a wage anywhere near that figure for the striker.

The 25-year-old was Liverpool’s second most expensive purchase ever last summer at £32.5million, but he endured a frustrating first debut season.

Liverpool are determined to recover a majority of that cash and have told Palace and other suitors any offer must hit or surpass the £30million mark.

Benteke grabbed nine goals in 29 appearances in all competitions last campaign, a significant drop in the 42 he scored for Aston Villa in 89 games.

In other Liverpool news, Mamadou Sakho’s judgement day has finally been set.