Benteke could join Aston Villa rivals

The Liverpool striker is being linked with midlands return

West Bromwich Albion could make a shock move for out-of-favour Liverpool striker Christian Benteke this summer.

The Belgium international has endured a tough season at Anfield, with the 25-year-old netting just eight times in all competitions this season.

And Tony Pulis is thought to be considering a move for the former Aston Villa front man, in a bid to bulk up his attacking options, with Tottenham believed to be interested in, again, trying to sign young striker Saido Berahino.

Benteke cost Liverpool £32.5 million last summer, to bring him to Merseyside from Villa Park, but, with four years to run on his contract, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to let him go.

Lacking goals

The Baggies have been lacking goals this season – failing to score in 13 of their 24 league games this campaign – and with Victor Anichebe’s contract set to expire, it would leave Salomon Rondon and veteran striker Rickie Lambert as the club’s only senior strikers at the club, if Berahino is to leave this summer.

Pulis’ side have scored one goal in their past five games, and if West Brom can hand Benteke the game time he demands, they would hope he could return to the prolific goalscoring return he managed at their local rivals, Villa.

Pulis’ direct football would also suit Benteke’s game, and would be an added incentive for the DR Congo-born striker to head to the Hawthorns this summer.

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