Crystal Palace have reportedly re-opened talks with Liverpool about signing their out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke. The Belgium international is deemed to be surplus to requirements at Anfield, but the Reds are eager to recoup the £32.5m ($42.5m) they paid Aston Villa for Benteke last summer.
The Eagles expressed their interest in Benteke, 25, earlier this summer, yet the two parties could not agree a fee for the player. However, Palace have now returned for the striker and are prepared to meet Liverpool's valuation with a bid, which would be worth up to £32m with add-ons, according to The Mirror.
Liverpool, for their part, are currently weighing up whether those clauses are likely to be met before agreeing to sell Benteke. However, their position has been somewhat weakened by the fact Besiktas, another of the clubs interested in the striker, are not willing to match that figure, while Sunderland and Everton have failed to turn their interest into a concrete offer.
The Liverpool striker is open to making the switch to Selhurst Park, having found first-team opportunities under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp difficult to come by. Personal terms are reportedly not an issue for the London club, with Palace prepared to match his £120,000-a-week Anfield salary.
Benteke is now waiting for Liverpool to give him the go-ahead to have a medical with Palace and the transfer could reportedly be wrapped up in the coming days. Palace manager Alan Pardew has been keen to sign a proven goalscorer for some time and feels Benteke could help take the Eagles to the next level.