West Bromwich Albion reportedly remain interested in signing Christian Benteke from Liverpool. The 25-year-old Belgian is deemed to be surplus to requirements at Anfield and is set to leave the club this window.
Benteke has been the subject of two bids from Crystal Palace in recent weeks, both of which have been rejected by the Reds. However, Tony Pulis' outfit are also reportedly interested in sealing his signature before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.
On Tuesday (16 August), Palace offered an initial £23.5m ($30.6m) with a further £7m in add-ons for the Liverpool striker. However, the Reds were not convinced the South London club would attain the targets needed to trigger the add-on fees.
For instance, £2.5m of the fee was dependent on Palace qualifying for the Champions League with Benteke scoring 20 goals and playing in 70 per cent of the fixtures of such a top-four campaign, according to the Daily Telegraph. Liverpool are instead keen to get much more of the money upfront before agreeing to the transfer.
Despite Palace's latest offer being rejected, the Eagles are reported to be getting closer to striking a deal for the out-of-favour Belgian. Palace manager Alan Pardew is confident he can help Benteke rediscover his best form following an underwhelming stint at Liverpool.