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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Baggies join Benteke chase

Christian Benteke. Photo: Nick Potts
Christian Benteke. Photo: Nick Potts

West Brom have joined the race to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool.

The Baggies need to rebuild their strike-force with Saido Berahino expected to leave, and Benteke is under consideration.

The forward will be allowed to leave Anfield, although Liverpool are keen on recouping as much of the £32.5million they paid Aston Villa last year meaning any deal will break Albion's transfer record.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the 25-year-old, who scored nine goals in 14 league starts last season but has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

Albion pulled the plug on a record £15million deal for West Ham's Diafra Sakho last week after it became clear he would not be fit enough until September.

The Baggies want to line up a new signing before allowing Berahino to leave with the club having accepted it is time to cash in on the former England Under-21 international. Palace also want Berahino, with an offer of £20million plus add-ons on the table, with Stoke having offered a £20million package for the 23-year-old.

Albion are happy to let defender James Chester go having accepted an offer from Aston Villa.

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