Crystal Palace make record £31.5m bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace have increased their bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to £31.5m, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.

Liverpool apparently rejected a £25mi bid for Benteke from Palace last week with reports claiming they were seeking to recoup the £32.5m they paid to sign Benteke from Aston Villa a year ago when Brendan Rodgers was manager at Anfield.

The paper claims Palace have returned with an improved offer of £27m up front with extra fees added on for appearances, achievements and Palace qualifying for Europe.

It appears Alan Pardew is keen to get his man with Palace flush with cash as the new Premier League TV deal prepares to kick in.

Jurgen Klopp will not be unhappy to see Benteke depart Anfield if Liverpool are not left out of pocket by agreeing to flog the Belgium forward, whose country’s involvement in Euro 2016 ended with a 3-1 loss to Wales in the quarter-finals on Friday night.

He scorced seven goals in his first nine games for Liverpool, but could only manage three goals in his past 23 games.

Fellow Belgian Divock Origi was chosen ahead of Benteke, who toiled to cope with the demands of Klopp’s all-action pressing style.

Danny Ings is in training after a cruciate knee ligament operation with Daniel Sturridge, Origi and Roberto Firmino ahead of Benteke.

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