Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the club have agreed a fee with Liverpool for striker Christian Benteke, with the Belgian set to have a medical on Friday.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park for most of the summer with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitting that Benteke does not feature in his first team plans.
And the former Aston Villa forward is set to make his move from Merseyside to South London with Pardew confident of wrapping up a deal as he spoke ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham.
Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool
The 55-year-old also bemoaned the loss of Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak to Everton and Villa respectively, but is confident of adding new faces before the transfer window shuts.
"[Benteke] will have his medical today but personal terms have to be done. We've agreed everything with Liverpool," he said as reported by the club's official Twitter account.
"We've lost Mile and Yannick - both big figures at this club. We need to replace them with others. Our fans after the West Brom game were disappointed but it won't be more of the same.
"That's why we're making changes. I'm making changes to make our form better; results more consistent. This group are great and should get a lift by a signing."
Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and Fulham's Kevin McDonald challenge for the ball
The arrival of Benteke will be a huge statement of intent from Palace and will fix a problem position for Pardew who lamented his lack of strikers after their home defeat to West Brom.
Connor Wickham scored just five times in the Premier League last season, the same amount as defender Scott Dann, as a lack of firepower contributed to The Eagles' alarming slump where they won just twice in their last 21 games of 2015-16.
Benteke will hope to hit the ground running for Palace after enduring a frustrating time at Anfield and his arrival will soften the blow of losing Bolasie who was the club's star man and figurehead prior to his big-money move to Everton.
"I asked [Bolasie] if there was anything I could do to keep him at the club but he said no," Pardew said.
Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie and West Bromwich Albion's James McClean prepare to come on as substitutes as Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew looks on
"Yannick wanted a new concept and project. That happens with players and you have to understand that but you have to replace them.
"The easy thing to do at the end of last season was find excuses but I've made changes in everything we do to try and take us forward.
"Benteke is someone I know very well as I wanted to take him to Newcastle. It just didn't work out for him at Liverpool."
Benteke brings to an end an underwhelming Liverpool stint which saw just nine goals in 29 league games, but it's unknown if the striker will be registered in time to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane this weekend.
Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool