Liverpool attacker key to Everton making club-record signing - report
By Tom Blackburn
Alan Pardew has sacrificed Yannick Bolasie in order to push through the signing of Christian Benteke, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that funds from the £30million sale of Bolasie to Everton will directly be used by Crystal Palace manager Pardew to prise Benteke for a broadly similar fee from Liverpool.
It is said that Everton will pay £25million plus £5million of add-ons for Bolasie after striking a deal with Palace that will break their transfer record.
According to The Telegraph, the London club are hoping to agree a deal to sign Benteke this week after reopening negotiations with Liverpool over the Belgium international.
The Eagles had a £25million bid for Benteke rejected at the start of July by the Merseyside club, but Palace are back in talks and the player is on stand-by to move to Selhurst Park.
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The report says Palace are willing to match the £125,000-a-week Benteke currently earns at Liverpool.
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 being written off as a flop in many quarters, Benteke scored nine Premier League goals in 14 starts for Liverpool, having netted 42 times in 82 starts for Villa in three seasons in the top division.
Pardew has been searching for a new striker all summer, with Michy Batshuayi being stolen from under his nose by Chelsea.
The need for a striker is ever more pressing since the release of former Arsenal strikers Marouane Chamakh and Emmanuel Adebayor earlier this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they are on the verge of agreeing attacker deal as talks advance.