Benteke ready to fight for Liverpool place – report

Date published: Thursday 14th July 2016 8:48

Christian Benteke: Palace sign striker from Liverpool

Christian Benteke is reportedly willing to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place after his proposed move away from Anfield stalled over his price tag.

Both Crystal Palace and West Ham want Benteke, but so far all the negotiations have reached an impasse with Liverpool refusing to budge on the price tag of £32.5million. That’s the fee they paid Aston Villa last summer and they are adamant they want to recoup that figure and have knocked back two offers from Palace of £25million and £27million.

There has been other interest in the £25-year-old but a combination of the fee and his £120,000 weekly wage have meant that a move has so far not materialised.

Benteke is well aware of the situation and is now preparing to return to Melwood to fight for a first-team place under Jurgen Klopp.  The forward has returned to Belgium after a holiday in Ibiza in the wake of his country’s quarter-final defeat by Wales at Euro 2016 and wants to make an immediate impression when he returns, according to widespread reports in the papers.

Klopp has already made it clear he wants to offload Benteke and Mario Balotetti to help balance the books and he is quite happy with the forward options at his disposal in Daniel Sturride, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and new boy Sadio Mane.

Benteke scored nine Premier League goals in 29 appearances last season, but he made only 14 starts after arriving on a five-year contract from Villa.

Kismet Eris, who represents Benteke, said this week there was “nothing in” the transfer rumours and insisted his client wanted to fight for his future under Klopp.

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