Liverpool media round-up: Competition for Villa's Benteke as Reds look to do business early

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club in the media this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool may face competition from Manchester United when it comes to trying to sign Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke according to the Daily Telegraph.

It has been widely reported in the past week that Benteke is targeted as the Reds look to overhaul their forward line after a pretty poor season.

The Belgian forward is reportedly rated at £30 million, and the Reds are apparently set to launch a bid after Villa's participation in the FA Cup final, but their manager Tim Sherwood is also said to be confident of keeping hold of his forward.

The Daily Mirror reports that Brendan Rodgers considered a bid for Benteke last summer after a move for Loic Remy fell through. The under-fire Reds boss has told the club's owners Fenway Sports Group that investment in the forward line this summer is a must after a poor return from his strikers this season. 

Deals for Danny Ings and James Milner to sign from Burnley and Manchester City respectively appear to be close, according to the Telegraph's report, after a long summer of speculation. 

The Mirror also reports that Arsenal's Theo Walcott - a reported target for Liverpool for some time - will hold contract talks with his current club, but there are still noises that he is unhappy, which could mean the Reds will make a move for him. 

The report seems to indicate that if they can't agree a deal, it could put Arsenal in pole position to sign want-away winger Raheem Sterling, but the Liverpool Echo reports the club 'remains adamant' Sterling is not for sale, with Manchester City also interested. 

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