Liverpool re­ject Crys­tal Palace’s £30m bid for Ben­teke

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LIVERPOOL have re­jected a £30 mil­lion bid from Crys­tal Palace for 25-year-old striker Chris­tian Ben­teke.

Palace of­fered £23 mil­lion up front with £7 mil­lion in add-ons but the An­field club be­lieve the bonus pay­ments pro­posed were un­re­al­is­tic.

Liverpool have been res­o­lute in their de­mands to re­coup the £32.5 mil­lion they paid As­ton Villa for Ben­teke last sum­mer and want more guar­an­teed pay­ments as part of any deal.

Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional hit­man Ben­teke en­dured a mixed cam­paign for Liverpool last sea­son, scor­ing 10 times in 42 games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

One of those goals was a last-gasp win­ner from the penalty spot against Palace, as the Reds won 2-1 away from home in March.

The match at Sel­hurst Park ap­peared to be head­ing for a draw un­til Ben­teke was awarded a penalty in stop­page time af­ter a chal­lenge from Palace de­fender Damien De­laney. — Sports­Mail

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