Crystal Palace are closing in on Liverpool’s out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke according to the Guardian.
The report states that Palace are locked in negotiations with the Red’s and a £32 million fee is close to being agreed. The Guardian goes onto state that Palace will match Benteke’s £120,000 per week wages which will make him the club’s highest-paid player.
The report of a deal between Palace and Liverpool is bad news for Besiktas who were hoping to loan the Belgium international. The Reds told Besiktas that they will consider a loan offer for Benteke after 26 August if their valuation if not met according to Futbol Arena.
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.”
Besiktas do have an impressive track record of turning round the careers of strikers. Demba Ba and Mario Gomez rediscovered their goalscoring boots in Turkey over the past two season.