Palace open Benteke talks

Crystal Palace are reported to have re-opened talks to sign striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool.

Crystal Palace: Palace open Benteke talksCrystal Palace: Palace open Benteke talks

Palace have returned to the negotiating table after their £25m bid was turned down last month, and hope to finally land the striker they desperately need.

Liverpool value the striker at £32m and believe that is fair considering the prices currently being paid for players by Premier League clubs.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said at the weekend selling Benteke “makes sense” but warned interested clubs against trying to get the 25-year-old on the cheap.

Palace are keen to complete the deal before their first game of the season against West Brom on Saturday.

Liverpool paid Aston Villa £32.5m for Benteke last summer but the Belgium international striker started just eight Premier League games after Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager.

It is understood the Anfield side want to recoup the money they paid Villa and are prepared to wait until next summer, with the player having four years left to run on his deal.

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