Crystal Palace make £25m for Liverpool forward Christian Benteke
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 02/07/16 7:22am
Crystal Palace have made a £25m bid for Liverpool forward Christian Benteke.
Liverpool value the Belgium international at £30m and, at present, are unwilling to lower their valuation.
Earlier on Friday, Sky sources revealed Palace had turned their attentions to Benteke after failing in their bid to sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.
Benteke joined Liverpool last summer, signing from Aston Villa for £32.5m, but his future at Anfield has been in doubt since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as Brendan Rodgers' successor.
The 25-year-old, who is currently with Belgium at Euro 2016, made only eight starts under Klopp and said in March he found it difficult to understand why the German "ignores him".
Benteke, whose contract at Liverpool expires in 2020, may find first team opportunities limited even further under Klopp next season following the arrival of forward Sadio Mane from Southampton.
Palace manager Alan Pardew is keen to bolster his forward options after releasing Emmanuel Adebayor and Marouane Chamakh and allowing Dwight Gayle to join Newcastle.
The Eagles failed in their attempts to sign Benteke's international team-mate Batshuayi from Marseille earlier this week after launching a club record £31.5m bid, according to Sky sources.
Batshuayi, who was also wanted by Tottenham and West Ham, passed a medical in Bordeaux on Wednesday ahead of a £33.2m move to Chelsea.