Liverpool’s £32.5m striker wanted on loan by Premier League rivals – report
By Amir Mir
Hull City have made a shock loan bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke and Manchester City’s Wilfred Bony, according to a report.
The Hull Daily Mail, citing The Times, claim the recently-promoted Premier League club have lodged two loan bids for the powerful attackers, despite being without a manager after the departure of Steve Bruce. Hull only have Abel Hernandez as a recognised striker at the club.
However, both Liverpool and Manchester City want to sell their unwanted stars rather than loan them out, and Hull might have to come back with more formal offers if they’re serious about landing their targets.
Benteke has struggled at Liverpool since making a £32.5 million switch from Aston Villa to Anfield in the summer of 2015.
The Belgian only found the net on nine occasions last term, with sporadic team appearances and poor form. It is said manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to recoup the money the Merseyside club paid for the former Villa player.
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Bony has also struggled for form and game time at Manchester City since his £28 million move from Swansea, which has seen him restricted to just 36 games for the club in over a year.
Benteke has already attracted interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, who had a £25 million bid rejected by the Reds.
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