Crystal Palace in talks with Liverpool striker despite offer from European giants

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Liverpool fans Emre Can Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace are in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke according to Sky Sports.

The Reds recently turned down a £25 million bid from Palace for the powerful striker and have made it clear that they want £32 million.

Liverpool have also received an offer from Turkish champions Besiktas who have made a loan bid for the Belgium international.

Black Eagles president Fikret Orman confirmed yesterday at Adriano’s signing ceremony that he has been in talks with Liverpool over Benteke.

“Benteke is a great player but he has a very high market valuation,” Orman said.

“I want Benteke but Liverpool want a lot for him, it won’t be an easy transfer but we will see.”

Benteke’s agent Eris Kismet meanwhile told Turkish-football.com, that the Reds asking price is making it difficult for the clubs interested to sign the striker.

“Liverpool want to sell Benteke but clubs that are interested as unable to match his valuation,” Kismet said.

“Liverpool would probably have to reduce their asking price if a transfer is to go ahead.”

Liverpool want the full £32 million asking price but are also keen to sell and recoup what they paid Aston Villa for his services last season.

The Reds are currently unlikely to accept a loan bid but Besiktas have tried to convince the Reds that if Benteke were to rediscover his form on a temporary move in Turkey they would find buyers to match his valuation.

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