West Ham need to pay up, sign Christian Benteke, it's inevitable anyway

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Why West Ham should cut their losses and move for Christian Benteke.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham's transfer window has been mixed so far. On one hand there have been a host of impressive deals, with Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nortdveit all signed for next to nothing.

Yet their efforts to sign a striker have struck out, with co-owner David Sullivan telling the club website of his 'sadness' that they have been unable to conclude a deal.

He said: "Whatever deal we offer to that player, if he wants Champions League football he will not come to us."

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke scores for Liverpool

On the backburner is a possible deal for Christian Benteke, linked with the Hammers back in May by The Mirror.

The Liverpool striker struggled for consistency last season at Anfield, but was a regular scorer for Aston Villa over three seasons, and earned his £32 million price tag.

Sullivan promised the club still hope to do a deal for a striker, adding: "In a perfect world I would like to think we will bring in a top class striker before the transfer window closes at the end of August."

West Ham tried to bring in Alexandre Lacazette, Michy Batshuayi and Carlos Bacca, but have been unsuccessful, and Benteke has 'late deadline day deal' written all over him.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Fans may be sceptical after the Belgian failed to produce in matches against the Hammers last season, but this was as much as it was to do with Liverpool's poor service as it was with him.

With Dimitri Payet and Feghouli et al supplying crosses, Benteke could stand a far better chance of succeeding than he did at the Reds.

The move would require Benteke to drop his wages, and West Ham to show a leap of faith and pay Liverpool's asking price - but they will be in a better position now - than end up being squeezed on deadline day.

There is also an advantage of getting him in early, allowing Benteke more time to get to know his teammates and methods of manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham would surely rather end up with Benteke than not bring in a striker at all, especially with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia potential candidates to exit the club this summer.

They should pay up, get the deal over the line, and solve their striker issue, and save themselves the headache at the end of August.

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

 

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