Liverpool are set to make a bid in the region of £25 million for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the Merseyside outfit are ready to up their bid for the Belgian international after previously seeing a £22m move rejected.
Benteke, of course, is recognised as one of the most powerful strikers in the Premier League, with the player having proved his credentials at Villa Park over the last few years.
Ultimately, at just 24-years of age, it appears that Brendan Rodgers and Co. at Anfield want the forward to improve them in the attacking department after last season's struggles, with the same report from the Mirror claiming that the striker is unhappy at Aston Villa.
The Reds, of course, failed to produce the goods in front of goal after talisman Luis Suarez departed the club in favour of a move to Barcelona. Daniel Sturridge, on the other hand, endured a torrid season after he failed to maintain his fitness throughout the course of the campaign, while the duo of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, who joined the club last summer, struggled in their debut seasons at Anfield.
Improving in attack
Of course, if Benteke does arrive, he will join English striker Danny Ings at the club, with the Burnley man having agreed to complete a move to Merseyside.
As well as Ings, the Reds have also captured Brazilian ace Roberto Firmino, but he may well be used just off the striker next term, as the club go in search of reclaiming their place in the Champions League.
Benteke, then, will no doubt give the club a different option in attack, but it remains to be seen as to whether Aston Villa are prepared to sell their main-man for around £25m, with Manchester United having also been credited with interest in the forward.
It's a risk
There's no doubt about it, Liverpool fans will be pleased by the club's quick movements ahead of the transfer window, but the signing of Benteke will no doubt come as a risk for the club.
Ok, so some will insist that he will be a fine signing as he's already produced the goods in England's elite division, but is he really what Liverpool need?
He may well have to adapt to the Liverpool style of play under Brendan Rodgers. Balotelli, of course, failed to do that last season, so Benteke will have to arrive at Anfield with the right attitude.
It is a risk, but on his day, he's good enough to cause any back-line in the Premier League a serious problem. £25m will be a big fee, and Liverpool really need it to pay off.
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