Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after the Belgian forward completed a medical.
Benteke has put pen to paper on a contract over four years after the Reds agreed to pay his £32.5 million release clause. A statement on the Reds' official website read: "Liverpool Football Club are delighted to confirm the signing of Belgium international striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.
"The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds today after successfully completing a medical in London."
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Benteke arrived in the Premier League from Genk in 2012, and went on to score 49 goals in 101 games for the Villains.
The 24-year-old becomes Liverpool's seventh signing of the summer, following the likes of Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and James Milner. Benteke said he was delighted to have completed the move to Anfield, and wants to help the club get back to the top of the table right away.
"I'm very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here," he told Liverpool's website.
The forward added: "I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course. I'm happy to be part of this team and will [try] to help this team reach its goals."
Liverpool have wasted no time in spending the cash they recouped from selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million.
So far boss Brendan Rodgers has spent in excess of £100 million as he looks to guide his team back to the top four and Champions League qualification. Benteke's new team are currently on their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.
Liverpool has been criticised for spending too much on the deal for Benteke, but they have acted quickly and decisively and that is deserving of praise.
Benteke offers a physical threat up front but has plenty of finesse to go along with his brute strength too. The question is at the moment; how will Brendan Rodgers get the best out of all of his attacking players?
Presumably Daniel Sturridge is still his number one forward and if he intends to play both who would lose their place behind them; Philippe Coutinho or will Roberto Firmino only be a bit-part signing? Only time will tell.