Liverpool Told To Pay Up Or Shut Up Over Striker Deal

Villa make their intentions clear.
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24 year old powerhouse Christian Benteke was a key figure in Aston Villa's Premiership survival campaign last season and bosses there will be in no hurry to sell him, but that hasn't stopped a host of clubs, including Spurs and Liverpool, trying to tempt the Belgian away from Villa Park.

It's Liverpool who've been most closely linked with his signature this summer however, as Rodgers looks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of next season's European push. 

With that in mind, Villa have sent a stern warning out to the Reds this week, telling them to forget about signing Benteke for anything less than his £32.5m contract release clause, according to the Mirror, and the player will report to Villa's pre-season tour. 

Liverpool have already signed Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino this season, but could do with some back-up to replace the sorely absent Suarez and misfiring Balotelli. What do you reckon, Liverpool fans? Is Benteke the man for the job? Let us know...