West Ham chairman plays down move for Liverpool star

West Ham United chairman David Sullivan has come out to admit that he is keen to sign Liverpool star Christian Benteke, but will find it very difficult to do so, Mirror reports.

The 25-year-old completed a £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer, but has struggled to hold down a regular role under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Sullivan revealed that he wants the striker to join the club, but his £120,000-a-week wages is seen as a major stumbling block for the deal going through.

“The problem is he is on such a huge wage that no club can afford him. But he is a player that we admire,” he said.

With a move for Benteke unlikely, the Hammers have instead turned their attentions to a possible deal for either Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi or Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

Manager Slaven Bilic is already preparing his squad for Europe given that they are currently battling for a top four spot with eight Premier League matches remaining.

They are currently sitting fifth on the table with 50 points, one behind fourth place side Manchester City and five behind Arsenal in third.