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Crystal Palace Target Signature Of Liverpool Striker

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool (L) argues with Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on November 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

After failing in an audacious attempt to sign Michy Batshuayi this week, Crystal Palace have turned their attention to his international team mate Christian Benteke, according to The Telegraph.

Alan Pardew is interested in the Belgian striker, who has failed to impress manager Jurgen Klopp since the German replaced Brendan Rodgers.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Christian Benteke of Liverpool reacts after a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Anfield on August 17, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Benteke has indicated he wants to stay and fight for his place but his prospects of starting matches are virtually non-existent with Danny Ings, new signing Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Despite Benteke being out of favour at Anfield, Liverpool will not to do a bargain deal, having signed Benteke for £32.5 million last summer, the Reds are likely to seek a similar fee and will want to recoup as much of that as possible.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates victory with winning goalscorer Christian Benteke of Liverpool after the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 6, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Pardew is keen to strengthen his forward line at Crystal Palace for the coming season, and despite Benteke struggling to adjust to Klopp’s high-intensity attacking style, slotting into a more direct, physical system would suit his qualities.

Prior to joining Liverpool, Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 appearances for Aston Villa and Pardew may be prepared to spend anywhere between £20-30million to sign the proven, top-level centre-forward.

For the striker, who is currently with Batshuayi and the rest of the Belgium squad at Euro 2016, a move away from Merseyside would allow him to revive his career.

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