Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace to enter straight fight for Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

The London clubs are thought to have missed out on their top targets and will instead make a move for Liverpool flop Benteke.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

West Ham United and Crystal Palace have both suffered frustration in their attempts to land their top striker targets, but according to a report from the Mirror they are ready to turn their attentions to a move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.

The Hammers had earmarked Lyon star man Alexandre Lacazette as their primary target, but the man who has scored 76 goals in 137 games over the last three seasons is thought to have turned down the possibility of a move to the Olympic Stadium.

Following that blow, and their decision not to pursue their interest in Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, the Mirror claims that the club are now set to resurrect their chase of Benteke, having been linked with the former Aston Villa man earlier this year.

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

Meanwhile, Palace thought were about to pull off a huge coup when they agreed a £31 million fee for Belgian hitman Michy Batshuayi earlier this week, but Chelsea threw a spanner in the works with a higher bid soon after and the Marseille man now looks set to join the Blues.

Both clubs are searching desperately for a big-name striker to spearhead their attack last season after lacking a prolific and consistent forward last term.

Christian Benteke scores  for Aston Villa

After the frustration of their pursuits of their respective foreign-based targets, they are now hoping that Benteke can be that man, despite the Belgian's unsuccessful first season at Liverpool.

Benteke hit 49 goals in 101 games across three years for a struggling Aston Villa side but managed just nine Premier League goals in 29 matches for the Reds as he quickly fell out of favour under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

However, the 25-year-old has already proven that he has the ability and finishing prowess to thrive in England, and despite Liverpool paying £32.5 million for him last summer he is likely to cost considerably less than that fee this time around as Klopp looks to get rid.

Watford's Ben Watson in action with Liverpool's Joe Allen and Christian Benteke

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