Liverpool accept Crystal Palace's £32 million offer for striker Christian Benteke

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is edging nearer the exit door after Crystal Palace saw an offer of £27 million plus £5 million in add-ons accepted for the Belgian on Thursday, paving the way for the 25-year-old to agree terms and undergo a medical in London.

Liverpool accept Crystal Palace's £32 million offer for striker Christian Benteke
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Christian Benteke is on the verge of his long-awaited Liverpool exit after the club accepted a second bid - worth around £32 million in total - from Crystal Palace for the striker.

Earlier this week, Palace's first official offer for Benteke - worth £23 million plus a potential £7 million in add-ons - was firmly rejected, but the Eagles have improved with a sufficient enough offer to tempt the Reds into doing business.

The agreed deal consists of a £27 million up-front fee, with a further £5 million of potential additional instalments, and was accepted by Liverpool on Thursday.

The Belgian international will now be given permission to travel down to London and enter talks over personal terms and undergo a medical, with no hitches expected.

Benteke, who also had interest from West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United, scored 10 goals in 42 appearances last season after completing a £32.5 million move from Aston Villa.

But Benteke's future seemed uncertain after Jürgen Klopp replaced the sacked Brendan Rodgers and he was relegated down the pecking order, starting just three Premier League games in 2016.

With Benteke left out of Liverpool's squad for their 4-3 win over Arsenal in their opening game of the new season on Sunday, having played no part in any of their pre-season games, a move away was inevitable.

Reds confident of recouping almost full fee they paid to sign Benteke just 12 months ago

Benteke celebrates his last Liverpool goal in May, a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. (Getty Images)
Benteke celebrates his last Liverpool goal in May, a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. (Getty Images)

Liverpool will at least recoup a sizeable sum of the fee they paid to make Benteke the second-most expensive ever signing in the club's history, with the add-ons in the deal deemed plausible.

Palace's first offer included an add-on which required Benteke to play 70 per-cent of Palace's games, scoring 20 goals and helping them to Champions League qualification for them to pay Liverpool £2.5 million - something Klopp and co. decided was too unrealistic.

But the renewed offer is more likely to see them earn back over £30 million for Benteke, who leaves having failed to make the impact he had hoped after sealing his 'big move' from Villa.

His absence hit Villa hard, with the relegated West Midlands club winning just three games in the 2015-16 and finishing 22 points off of safety.

However, despite directly winning 14 points, the 25-year-old was unable to command a regular role as the Reds' frontman with his playing style at odds to the demands of Klopp's defending from the front pressing style.

With Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino in front of him, Liverpool were open to offers - although insisted they wouldn't let Benteke go on the cheap.

The striker's departure, believed to be on as much as £110,000-a-week at Anfield, is best for all parties involved with Benteke looking for more regular first-team football, Liverpool recouping a significant fee and Palace adding the quality they were in desperate need of up top.

With Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell their only striking options after the departures of Emmanuel Adebayor, Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh over the course of the summer, Yannick Bolasie's £25 million move to Everton provided the funds for Palace to bring in Benteke.

It remains unlikely, however, that the money earned from the No.9's sale will be reinvested with Klopp having been keen to streamline his squad in recent months.