Report: West Ham make first move for Liverpool's Christian Benteke

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West Ham United have reportedly enquired about Christian Benteke's willingness to leave Liverpool this summer.

According to The Telegraph, West Ham United have enquired about whether Christian Benteke would be interested in leaving Liverpool this summer.

Benteke, 25, became a Premier League star with Aston Villa, as following a 2012 move from Genk in his native Belgium, the giant striker smashed 49 goals in 101 games for Villa, including 23 in his debut season and 15 last term.

With Villa struggling at the wrong end of the table throughout Benteke's time with the club, it was no surprise when he left Villa Park to join Liverpool last summer, penning a deal worth £32.5m, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.

However, Benteke's season has not gone to plan. The manager who signed him, Brendan Rodgers, lost his job in October, and his replacement Jurgen Klopp has barely played him, meaning he is now third choice behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

With just eight goals in 34 appearances, Benteke's dream move to Anfield has become a nightmare, and Premier League rivals West Ham may be willing to offer him an exit route.

The Telegraph report that West Ham are keen to sign Benteke this summer, and have enquired about whether he would be willing to leave Anfield this summer.

With Slaven Bilic's men looking for a new striker this summer, it's believed that West Ham have made their first move to try and land Benteke, and have been assessing how well he would fit in to the side. With so much early work going into a move for Benteke, the Belgium international may well be West Ham's top target this summer, if reports are to be believed.

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