Report: West Bromwich Albion interested in Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

Christian Benteke is surplus to requirements at Liverpool.

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

West Bromwich Albion are the latest side to show interest in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, according to a report from Sky Sports

Tony Pulis' side will face competition from Crystal Palace to sign the player, who have had a £25 million bid turned down for the Belgian, but the Daily Telegraph reported that the Eagles had reopened talks with the Reds and are hoping to reach an agreement this week. 

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

Palace boss Alan Pardew suggested there could be more faces to arrive at Selhurst Park this summer but didn't mention any names in their pre-match press conference.

He told reporters, as reported by the BBC: "Without having a transfer out, I would expect us to add two more players."

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

It is said that Liverpool will not accept a fee less than £30 million for the player they paid £32.5 million to Aston Villa for just a year ago.

It seems that West Brom could face a fight to try and land the Belgian forward should they pursue their interest in the 25-year-old, and they will also have to match the £120,000-per-week wages that Benteke currently commands, something which Palace are prepared to do. 

The report from Sky Sports says that the Baggies have been linked with a number of strikers during the summer transfer window, suggesting they are keen to bolster their attacking options. 

One thing that seems to be certain is that Benteke will not be a Liverpool player come the end of the transfer window.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian BentekeLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian Benteke

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