Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) saves a shot by Liverpool’s Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates stadium, north London on August 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Crystal Palace have tabled a club record £31.5m offer to Liverpool for the services of Belgium international Christian Benteke after having a £25m offer rejected last week.
Palace manager Alan Pardew is a huge fan of the player who took the Premier League by storm during his spell with Aston Villa where he broke the club’s record for the most goals scored in a season.
Benteke joined Liverpool from Aston Villa in a deal worth £32.5m during the Brendan Rodgers era, but hardly used under current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and he desperately wants out of Anfield.
Palace missed out on the signing of Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea despite agreeing a deal with his French club but the player chose to work with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
If Benteke signs for Crystal Palace it will make it the fourth signing for The Eagles after the capture of England winger Andros Townsend from Newcastle United for £13m, Steve Mandanda from Marseille and also agreeing terms with West Ham United for James Tomkins.