West Brom reportedly join the hunt for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

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Another club has entered the race to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, with West Brom reported to be interested in acquiring his signature.

According to Sky Sports, the 25-year-old is now being monitored closely by the Baggies, ahead of the new Premier League season.

Tony Pulis is in need of a top class striker, with Saido Berahino seemingly set to leave The Hawthorns this summer, and Benteke would fit the bill perfectly.

His direct style of play would suit Pulis down to the ground, and the Belgian may thrive being the main man again, as was the case at Aston Villa.

Salomon Rondon may have something to say about him being first-choice, however.

Crystal Palace have already had a £25million bid for Benteke turned down, and are rumoured to be weighing up an improved offer, but West Ham have also been linked with him.

Palace supporters Rory Brelsford-Stewart told This Is Anfield that a new striker is of paramount importance, in our preview of the Eagles’ upcoming campaign.

SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We need a new striker or two and are heading into a season with 2 recognised centre forwards: Connor Wickham, who is decent but can’t stay fit for more than half a dozen games and Frazier Campbell who isn’t good enough,” he said.

It has been clear for most of 2016 that Benteke has no future at Liverpool, with the Belgium international often on the substitutes’ bench last season.

Despite scoring 10 goals in 2015/16, his performances were consistently average at best.

A lack of work-rate, movement and all-round influence were alarmingly evident, and he is currently behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings in the pecking order.

Benteke is now surely approaching his final days as a Reds player, and it is now just a case of who he will choose to join before the end of the transfer window.

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