FOOTBALL TRANSFER: PALACE INCREASE OFFER FOR BENTEKE
Premier League side Crystal Palace have reportedly increased their bid for Liverpool player Christian Benteke.
The London-based outfit earlier submitted a bid for the player who has fallen out of favour with the manager Jurgen Klopp. Their bid of £25 million was rejected but because of the need for a top striker, after dismissing two others, they are set to increase their bid offer with the hope that the Anfield management accepts.
The Reds are seeking for offers to recoup all their transfer spending of £32.5 million when they signed the player from Aston Villa in the last season. The club is believed would sell to another party that can meet his release clause even though the player has spent just one season. Palace are set to now submit a bid of £27 million, rising to £31.5m for the player.
Crystal Palace are hoping that all these changes will help them break into the upper half of the Premier League standings in the coming season and possibly help them acquire a title, after coming close but losing in the FA Cup final to the Red Devils in the last campaign. They have already signed Andros Townsend from Newcastle and Marseille goal stopper Steve Mandanda with the hope that their addition would spell well in the forthcoming season. Aside Benteke, manager Alan Pardew is hoping to add West Ham’s James Tomkins this summer.
Benteke was signed by former coach Brendan Rodgers but Klopp wanted the player for other things on the field of play than just goal scoring. He fell out of favour with the manager and will likely join Palace if the Anfield management sanction the deal.
Liverpool released former goal keeper Brad Joned in 2015 and he finished the season at Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. They have agreed to let the goal keeper train with the team as he works on his fitness. Simon Mignolet and new signing Loris Karius remain the only goal keepers.