According to the Daily Mail (live transfer thread, July 1st 2016 at 16:38), Crystal Palace have reached a verbal agreement with Liverpoool forward Christian Benteke following positive talks over a switch to Selhurst Park.
The report claims that Palace are edging ever closer to the signing of the Belgium international and they are willing to spend the £30 million asking price Liverpool have set this summer.
The South London club are in the market for a new striker this summer as they endured a disappointing loss of form last season as a result of a lack of goals - finding the net just 39 times in the Premier League.
With Dwight Gayle joining Newcastle United, there is certainly scope to bring in one or two new players upfront and Benteke is said to be the Alan Pardew’s number one choice.
The former Aston Villa man only joined the Reds 12 months ago after the Merseysiders activated his release clause at Villa Park, yet he struggled to adapt to the club’s playing style and found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
Jurgen Klopp is seemingly happy for him to leave Anfield this summer, and a deal to join Palace is very much on the cards if the latest reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed.
Benteke offers strength, power, aerial prowess and the ability to score key goals - attributes which the Eagles desperately need as they look to find a player to link up with wingers Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie.