Talks advanced: Liverpool on verge of agreeing attacker deal - report
By Joe Nelson
Crystal Palace have re-opened talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Christian Benteke, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Londoners are hoping to agree a deal with Liverpool this week and that the Belgium international is preparing himself for a move to Selhurst Park.
Personal terms are not thought to be an issue in this deal, as Alan Pardew’s side are willing to match Benteke’s £120,000-a-week wages to bring him to Selhurst Park.
The Eagles had a £25million bid for the Belgian striker rejected at the start of July by the Merseyside club, as they look to recoup as much of the £32.5million they paid Aston Villa for the services of the 25-year-old last summer.
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.
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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 now since the release of former Arsenal strikers Marouane Chamakh and Emmanuel Adebayor earlier this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, talks are underway for the transfer of this experienced Brazilian midfielder.