Saturday 1 October 2016

West Brom join the hunt to sign Benteke

Jamie Holland

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

West Brom have joined the race to sign Liverpool's Christian Benteke
West Brom have joined the race to sign Liverpool's Christian Benteke

West Brom have joined the race to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool

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The striker will be allowed to leave Anfield if Liverpool can recoup a good portion of the £32.5m they paid Aston Villa last year, meaning any deal is likely to break Albion's transfer record.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the 25-year-old, who scored nine goals in 14 league starts last season but has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

Albion pulled the plug on a record £15m deal for West Ham's Diafra Sakho last week after it became clear he would not be fit enough until September.

The Baggies want to line up a new signing before allowing Saido Berahino leave, with the club having accepted it is time to cash in on the former England U-21 international.

Palace also want Berahino, with an offer of £20m plus add-ons on the table.

Stoke have also offered a £20m package for the 23-year-old.

Irish Independent

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