Liverpool ready to sell two players following Christian Benteke signing

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Brendan Rodgers will renew his efforts to find buyers for both Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini, following the signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa – according to reports in The Independent.

Benteke is set to complete his move to Liverpool today, with the Reds having met his £32.5m buyout clause last week, leaving both Lambert and Borini surplus to requirements.

West Brom are interested in signing Lambert, who is available for around £3m according to the source, while West Ham could make an £8m move for Borini. However, there has been no official bid from either club thus far.

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The two players managed just four goals between them last season and following the arrivals of Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi – who returns to the club following a loan spell at Lille – they are well down the pecking order at Anfield.

Liverpool would also like to ditch Mario Balotelli, according to the report, but don’t expect anyone to take a risk on the former AC Milan striker. We’re hoping that a loan move can be arranged towards the end of the window, with the view to a permanent switch in the future.

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