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Crystal Palace in talks to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool - sources

Crystal Palace are in discussions with Liverpool over a move to sign Christian Benteke, sources at both clubs have told ESPN FC.

Press Association Sport reported on Friday that the Reds rejected a £25 million bid from Palace for Benteke, 25, with the club holding out for an offer of £30m plus add-ons.

Liverpool are looking to recoup most of the £32.5m they paid Aston Villa for the Belgium international last year, and sources have said that they remain in negotiations with the Eagles over a fee.

Liverpool are ready to sell the striker after he failed to make an impact at the club last season, and he does not figure in Jurgen Klopp's plans going forward so is prepared to move on this summer.

Benteke was the signing Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers pushed for last year, but after scoring seven goals in his first nine appearances, he managed just three in his last 23 matches.

Christian Benteke looks to be on his way out of Liverpool.

Benteke fell out of favour at Anfield and compatriot Divock Origi, aged 21 and in his first season in English football, was selected ahead of him as he struggled to meet the demands of Klopp's pressing game.

With Danny Ings back to full fitness after a cruciate knee ligament operation, Benteke is even further down the pecking order with Daniel Sturridge, Origi, Ings and Roberto Firmino ahead of him in terms of selection.

Benteke, whose Euro 2016 was ended by Wales on Friday night, will have extended summer leave as those players not involved in the competition or Copa America return for preseason training on Saturday.


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