Belgian forward Christian Benteke is on the verge of signing for Crystal Palace for around £27 million as Alan Pardew bolsters his attacking options.
This comes after Yannick Bolasie’s £30 million move to Everton was confirmed. Manager Alan Pardew has been looking to strengthen his options in the forward department after the departure of Dwight Gayle to Newcastle earlier in the summer.
After a season last term in which Palace only scored 39 league goals and struggled to 15th place in the league they clearly need reinforcements up-front.
Benteke was declared surplus to requirements at Liverpool by coach Jurgen Klopp and the Belgian has been courted by a number of clubs since then.
While at Liverpool, Benteke appeared 29 times in the league, scoring nine times and assisting three goals which, for a striker that cost £32.5 million from Aston Villa, is nowhere near good enough.
The form that Benteke showed at Villa, which convinced Liverpool to purchase him, saw the Belgian appear 87 times in the league and score 42 goals, assisting eight times across three seasons.
However, Benteke has struggled at Liverpool with the striker not able to play in the way that Liverpool want from their forwards. He is far more proficient when a long ball is played in for him to control or with crosses into the box.
With Klopp in a particular an advocate of ‘heavy metal’ or high pressure football, the Belgian has found himself on the outskirts of the team.
He becomes yet another high-profile transfer fee flop after Andy Carroll suffered the same fate.