Slaven Bilic wants to add Christian Benteke to his attacking armoury for next season as the Liverpool striker has fallen out of favour with new manager Jurgen Klopp, but the price and weekly wages could be stumbling blocks for the deal.
The Belgian international is on a staggering £120,000 a week at the Merseyside club and it’s rumoured in this article by Gary Jacob in The Times that West Ham wouldn’t be willing to rise to that weekly wage. Instead, the Hammers would be willing to ease to a more acceptable £80,000 a week which is to be expected for a top name summer signing.
The 25-year-old goalscorer famously transferred to Liverpool from Aston Villa last summer for an extortionate £32.5m, Liverpool’s second highest ever signing after Andy Carroll – also at West Ham.
The 6’3″ striker has featured 24 times for Liverpool since his move, scoring only 7 goals. Having said that, in his previous 89 appearances for Aston Villa he managed to net 42 times. Other than at The Reds, Benteke’s strike rate has been impressive.
Jurgen Klopp has been clear in his desire to leave out the big Belgian after snubbing him for Liverpool’s colossal tie against Manchester United in the Europa League. It’s unknown if he will feature in the return leg but Liverpool and Belgian colleague Divock Origi has been gaining more minutes for the German’s new-look Liverpool side.
With West Ham trying to add to their squad this summer with a look to pushing on next year, Christian Benteke could be a saga to watch this transfer window.
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