West Ham United are reportedly ready to make a move for Liverpool’s out-of-favour striker Christian Benteke this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Premier League club, who currently sit fifth in the standings after defeating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday, have identified the Belgium international as an alternative transfer target should the Hammers miss out on Marseille’s star forward Michy Batshuayi.
The 25-year-old, who has 24 international caps for his country and is expected to be included in Belgium’s squad for the 2016 European Championships in France later this year, has scored eight goals and provided five assists in 33 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season.
Benteke, who arrived at Anfield from Aston Villa last summer in a deal worth a reported £32.5m, faces an uncertain future at the Merseyside outfit this summer after failing to live up to expectations this term.
West Ham want a marquee signing come the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign as they move into their Olympic Stadium, with the report suggesting that they are ready to break their current club-record transfer fee and splash out up to £20m.