David Sullivan declares West Ham's interest in Christian Benteke, pinpoints stumbling block

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West Ham could be priced out of a move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.

West Ham United co-chairman has been quoted by The Sun as saying that Christian Benteke's wages may prevent a move to join the Hammers.

Benteke, 25, smashed 49 goals in 101 games during a superb spell with Aston Villa, and his exploits at Villa Park led to a huge move to Liverpool last summer, with Brendan Rodgers forking out a whopping £32.5m according to BBC Sport.

The Belgian entered the season with high expectations on his shoulders, but it's been a nightmare campaign for Benteke, who has scored just eight goals in 34 appearances this season.

Benteke appears to be out of favour under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, and his lack of form and playing time has triggered speculation of an Anfield exit less than a year after arriving.

On Monday, Sky Sports noted that West Ham United are keen on Benteke, and have made him one of their top summer transfer targets as manager Slaven Bilic pursues a big-name striker.

Now, Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan has been asked about the situation, and has told The Sun that West Ham are indeed interested in Benteke, and admire the Belgian international target man.

However, Sullivan highlighted that Benteke is on staggering wages which could scupper a move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, before admitting that a top striker is possibly West Ham's biggest area of concern heading into the summer transfer window.

"He’s a player we admire but the problem is that he is on huge wages that no club can afford," said Sullivan. "What we don’t have is 20-25 goal a season striker. If we did we’d be even higher up the table."

"Andy [Carroll] has scored some big goals this season. Four doesn’t sound much but they have been huge goals and he has made a huge impact coming off the bench. He is a ‘chaos’ player. Our team doesn’t need major surgery but maybe a real top, top consistent goalscorer," he added.

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