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Liverpool & Manchester United handed boost in bid to sign proven Premier League goalscorer

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he will not stand in the way of in-form striker Christian Benteke amid speculation that Liverpool and Manchester United are planning summer bids, the Daily Star reports.

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The Belgian international has been in red-hot form since Sherwood was appointed manager back in February, he has scored nine in his last nine appearances for Villa including the equaliser in the shock FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool two weeks ago.

It is that type of form that has seen the two Premier League heavyweights linked with a move for the 24-year-old in the summer, and it appears that the task has been made slightly easier given Sherwood’s confession that he won’t hold the striker at the club against his will:

“If a player doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meet the valuation then I think it’s always best to let them go.” he told reporters (via Daily Star)

The Anfield outfit have struggled for goals all season and failure to register against West Brom and Hull City has seen their Champions League qualification hopes all but disappear.

Meanwhile the Red Devils have been heavily tipped to add reinforcements to their strike-force at the end of the season in a bid to ease the heavy burden on club captain Wayne Rooney.

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