Benteke is a player we admire – West Ham chairman

Ian Watson
Christian Benteke: Considering his future at Anfield.

Christian Benteke: Considering his future at Anfield.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan has admitted his club’s interest in Liverpool flop Christian Benteke.

The Belgium striker has endured a miserable spell at Anfield, scoring only seven goals since joining the Reds from Aston Villa last summer.

With Liverpool said to be willing to entertain interest in their £32.5million signing, West Ham are among a list of clubs said to be monitoring the situation.

A major stumbling block to any transfer would be Benteke’s £120,000-a-week salary, with four years remaining on his deal at Anfield.

Hammers chief Sullivan admitted a deal would not be simple but Benteke is a player on his club’s radar ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.

Sullivan said: “The problem is he is on such a huge wage that no club can afford him. But he is a player that we admire.”

The Daily Mirror claim Benteke is one of three strikers on West Ham’s summer wishlist, with Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi and Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette also being tracked.