Liverpool reject ‘unrealistic’ £23m Benteke offer

Matt Stead

Liverpool have rejected an offer of an initial £23million from Crystal Palace for striker Christian Benteke.

Paul Joyce of the Daily Express is among many to report that Palace have had an offer rejected as they look to sign a new striker ahead of the transfer deadline in two weeks’ time.

The offer is £23m ‘guaranteed’ up front, with a further £7m in add-ons.

It is believed that Liverpool wish to receive the payment in full however, and are still hopeful of recouping the full £32.5m they spent on Benteke when signing him from Aston Villa in 2015.

West Brom and West Ham have also been linked to Belgium international Benteke, while Merseyside rivals Everton have been credited with an interest.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of selling the striker, but insists that he will not be a “present” for other clubs.

Palace remain the favourites to sign the 25-year-old despite the latest rejected offer.