Report: West Ham want to sign Liverpool's Christian Benteke on loan after Lacazette snub

West Ham want to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool.

After failing with a bid for Alexandre Lacazette, West Ham have set their sights on Christian Benteke, The Sun report.

The Liverpool striker has failed to shine under Jurgen Klopp, and the paper claim the Hammers have their sights set on a loan deal for the Belgian international.

Benteke earns £120,000 per week, and the report claims West Ham are seeking to split his wages.

West Ham have already gone down this route once with Liverpool, signing Andy Carroll on loan for a season before signing him permanently.

They would still need to sort out the issue of his wages eventually, but by signing him on loan they could essentially defer that for a year, and hope in 12 months time the striker forms such a bond with the club that he would be prepared to take a reduction.

Liverpool paid £32 million to sign Benteke from Aston Villa, but the 25-year-old has scored only nine goals in 29 Premier League appearances, although only 14 of these have been starts.

West Ham's bid for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette was rejected last night, although Goal insist they will return with an increased ofer.

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