News and Transfers: Benteke Move To Crystal Palace Imminent; Keeper Agrees New 5-Year Deal

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Today we hear news of Christian Benteke ‘s move to Crystal Palace and Danny Ward has signed a new five-year contract but will be loaned out to Huddersfield Town.

In news that may please or displease you depending on your stance, Christian Benteke has agreed personal terms with Crystal Palace over a big money move to London.

The Belgian was very unimpressive last season in a system which doesn’t play to his rather strong strengths. Jürgen Klopp’s bit-part implementation of his heavy-metal gegenpressing football didn’t suit Benteke, who is a player who flourishes in a system with pacy wingers that regularly whip balls into the box. The fact of the matter is that Liverpool were rather low on any orthodox wingers last season, bar Jordon Ibe who is also very close to an Anfield exit.

With Liverpool’s addition of Sadio Mané it is unlikely that Benteke will find regular football on Merseyside.

Crystal Palace are prepared to match Benteke’s current £120,000-a-week wage that he receives at Liverpool which will see him become the club’s highest grossing footballer. Pardew appears set to take the Premier League by storm next season having already signed Steve Mandanda, James Tomkins and Andros Townsend.

Benteke should flourish in a team fit to bursting with wingers with Townsend adding to widemen like Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie. It will be interesting to see how Pardew accommodates Benteke in relation to current forward, Connor Wickham.

Liverpool’s extremely promising young goalkeeper, Danny Ward, has been offered a new five year contract keeping him at the club until at least 2021. Funnily enough he is going straight out on loan with Liverpool’s senior goalkeeping positions held down by Simon Mignolet and new signing, Loris Karius. The Welsh international, who appeared in France for Wales, will be loaned out to Huddersfield Town once he signs his new contract.

The loan will be important for Ward as it will give him a chance to develop while still being exposed to the rigours of English football. Jürgen Klopp’s mantra of not loaning out young and exciting players and rather exposing them to his style of play doesn’t apply in this case. With Ward being a goalkeeper he is less impacted by Klopp’s gegenpressing style of football and would benefit more from constant football than being close to Klopp and his philosophy.

The Liverpool Echo, are reporting the news of Danny Ward’s new contract and loan move to Huddersfield.

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