Should West Ham make summer move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke?

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West Ham should consider a summer move for Liverpool's Christian Benteke.

West Ham have their sights set on Michy Batshuayi as their big summer striker signing, but face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, The Telegraph reported this week.

If the Hammers are unsuccessful in signing the Marseille ace, they should be setting their sights on Liverpool's Christian Benteke instead.

The striker is Batshuayi's international teammate for Belgium, viewed as his more experienced senior despite being just 25.

He is proven in the Premier League with Aston Villa, despite his recent struggles to adapt at Liverpool, and there is good reason Liverpool splashed out £32.5 million to sign him.

The Reds would be unlikely to recoup quite that figure now, but even so it may be one West Ham are preparing to afford, with Batshuayi regarded in the £30 million price bracket by Marseille, according to The Telegraph's report.

At Aston Villa, Benteke had a goals record of almost one in two games, netting 49 times in 101 appearances for the club.

His old boss Tim Sherwood voiced concerns over his suitability to Liverpool's style, pointing out that Benteke needs a strong crossing game to thrive, telling The Guardian: "There’s no point going to a club where they don’t cross the ball. All he’s got to do is look at history and see what has happened to players who have left other clubs.

"They’re going to pastures new, bigger and better clubs, and they don’t actually play, so then they end up looking for a new home again."

West Ham would be an ideal new home for Benteke, a certain upgrade on their last big signing from Liverpool, Andy Carroll, by virtue of his superior goals record and fitness record.

At West Ham he could flourish with the support of Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio, and young wonderkid Martin Samuelsen.

He may not be ready to give up on his Liverpool dream yet, but ultimately the decision will come down to Jurgen Klopp and whether he wants to bring his own man in.

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