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Report: Liverpool plan to use Benteke windfall on this 23-goal star

By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool are eyeing a swoop for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – but they will not move for the Frenchman until Christian Benteke is sold, according to a report.

French magazine Le 10 Sport claim that the Reds are planning a move for Lacazette, 25, although there will be no formal bid until their Belgian striker moves on.

As reported on Football Insider, Premier League side Crystal Palace had bid £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons for Benteke, but the player’s image rights are causing a hold-up to the deal.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he does not see the targetman in his future plans, which has resulted in the Belgian’s representatives talking to Palace officials.

Lacazette is one of the most sought-after players in Europe this summer with Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham also linked with a move for the forward.

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It is understood that Lyon want £34.2million for the striker who scored 23 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for the French club in the recently completed season.

Lacazette’s contact with Lyon runs until 2019, but the Anfield club will be keen secure his signature after Arsenal entered talks with Liverpool target Gonzalo Higuain’s agent.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have made a £15million bid for young Croatian wonderkid Ante Coric.