Report: Liverpool attacker deal to be agreed on Monday after personal terms settled
By Amir Mir
Christian Benteke has agreed personal terms with Crystal Palace as his exit from Liverpool draws nearer, according to a report.
The Mirror are reporting that the Belgium international is desperate to move to Selhurst Park, but the Anfield club are yet to agree on a transfer fee as the club look to recoup much of the £32 million they paid to Aston Villa last summer.
It is said that a transfer fee could be agreed by Monday as Palace boss Alan Pardew finally gets his wish of a top drawer centre forward.
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool have held extensive talks over a Benteke fee with Palace, who upped their offer for from the £25million bid of last week to an initial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons.
The 25-year-old struggled for form and game time last term as he managed just nine goals in 29 appearances for the club, which was a stark difference to life at Villa Park where he netted 42 goals in 89 games.
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The Eagles struggled for form last term, most notably in the second half of the season which saw them drop alarmingly down the table as the club found the net on just 39 occasions- only relegated Aston Villa managed fewer goals.
But, the FA Cup finalists have since sold striker Dwight Gayle to Championship side Newcastle for a fee of £10 million, and released forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh.
This paves the way for Benteke to build a partnership with Conor Wickham as Pardew prepares to install consistency for the forthcoming Premier League season.
If a deal does go through then Benteke will become the sixth player to leave Anfield this summer as manager Jurgen Klopp begins an overhaul of the club.
It is reported that Benteke will become the London clubs most highest paid player and fouth signing of the summer after goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, winger Andros Townsend and defender James Tomkins.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has been given a striker boost as a highly-sought French striker rejects London club.