Michael Owen has questioned whether Christian Benteke is good enough for Liverpool
Axe man: Benteke has paid the price for some static showings up front

By Tom Blackburn

Liverpool have accepted a loan bid from Besiktas for striker Christian Benteke, according to a report.

Turkish football website Fanatik claim that a £3million deal has been agreed in principle for Benteke to move to the Turkish club this season.

But it is said that both clubs are waiting on Benteke to give the green light to a transfer that represents the latest twist in a topsy-turvy summer for the 25-year-old.

Crystal Palace are the Premier League club that have appeared most interested in signing Benteke, who joined the Merseyside giants from Aston Villa for £32.5million last summer.

The Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a new offer of £30.5million from Palace matched Liverpool’s valuation of the striker but the clauses inserted in the deal made it completely unacceptable to the Merseysiders.

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It emerged that Palace offered an initial £23.5million with a further £7million in add-ons.

It is said those additional clauses included £2.5million should Palace qualify for the Champions League, with Benteke scoring 20 goals and playing in 70 per cent of the fixtures of a top-four campaign. These three conditions formed part of the same clause.

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 £30million-plus 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.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Everton are interested as Liverpool eye 30-times-capped Holland international.