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Liverpool ready to sign Christian Benteke

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Liverpool are set to meet Christain Benteke's £32.5 million buy-out clause in his Aston Villa contract, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds have been tracking the Belgium international for the past few weeks, but have been reluctant to meet the player's hefty release clause that Villa have been holding out for. He currently has two years remaining on his current deal at the Birmingham outfit.

However, following the sale of Raheem Sterling for £49 million to Manchester City earlier this week, Liverpool have a healthy bank balance and are set to use a significant amount of that fund to sign a much needed striker.

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With Daniel Sturridge out injured until at least October, Brendan Rodgers is keen to add strength to his firing line that managed just 52 goals in the Premier League last season.

Benteke netted 13 league goals for Villa last campaign, performing particularly well when Tim Sherwood took charge at Villa Park following the sacking of Paul Lambert last February.

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Lambert out? 

The deal will likely see Rickie Lambert leave Anfield just one year after signing from Southampton for £4 million. The England international is a reported target for West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth. Liverpool are also trying to offload Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini this summer and are ready to cut their losses on the two Italian forwards.

Benteke would be Liverpool's seventh summer signing and their second striker following Danny Ings' free transfer from Burnley. The former Genk man would too join fellow countrymen Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi at Anfield.

Liverpool fans know the talents of the 24-year-old extremely well as he scored Villa's first goal during their 2-1 defeat of the Reds in the FA Cup semi-final last April. He, too, netted twice and set up Andreas Weidmann when Villa beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield in December 2012.

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