Christian Benteke scores for Liverpool
According to The Mirror, Everton and Sunderland are battling it out for the signature of Liverpool's misfit striker Christian Benteke.
Benteke, 25, joined Liverpool from Aston Villa last summer when the Reds activated his £32.5m release clause, and he was expected to be a goalscorer for Liverpool having hit 49 goals in 101 games for Villa.
Christian Benteke celebrates scoring for Liverpool
However, the giant Belgian striker struggled to carve out a role under Brendan Rodgers, and was then frozen out under his replacement Jurgen Klopp too, scoring just ten goals in 42 games in all competitions.
Now seemingly fifth choice in the Liverpool pecking order behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings, speculation has surrounded Benteke's future – but he remains at Anfield as we head into the final month of the transfer window.
Watford's Ben Watson in action with Liverpool's Joe Allen and Christian Benteke
The Mirror now claim that Sunderland are keen to land Benteke, and even Merseyside rivals Everton could make an audacious move for the striker should Romelu Lukaku leave this summer.
It's reported that Sunderland's new manager David Moyes wants to bring in a big, powerful striker to play alongside Jermain Defoe, and has lined up Benteke – despite his £120,000-a-week wages and Liverpool's £30m asking price.
With new Everton manager Ronald Koeman also an admirer of target men strikers – we saw Graziano Pelle star under him at Feyenoord and Southampton – he is believed to be keen on Benteke, despite few players making the trip across Stanley Park.
Liverpool may not be keen on selling to their city rivals, but a move may only materialise if Benteke's Belgian international team-mate Lukaku leaves, whilst it's added that if Liverpool don't receive the £30m bid they want, they are happy to keep Benteke at Anfield.
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