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Liverpool sign Christian Benteke, but eighth summer signing in doubt after latest comments by Man United target

Liverpool’s hopes of adding Moussa Sissoko to their bulging squad have been dealt a blow following comments made by the Newcastle United midfielder.

The Reds confirmed their seventh summer signing on Wednesday, as the Reds confirmed the £32.5 million addition of Christian Benteke [Mirror].

The Belgian forward ended his stay with Aston Villa, and moved to Anfield on a five-year deal, where he will likely be charged with leading the line as the club’s first-choice forward.

The Benteke signing extends a busy summer for the Merseysiders, with the former Genk man joining the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bodgan, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez at Anfield.

The Reds have also been linked with a move for Sissoko [L’Equipe], and the Frenchman could be an effective replacement for departed skipper Steven Gerrard, who has moved to Los Angeles Galaxy.

However, as reported by the Mirror, the box-to-box midfielder has given a firm indication that he is set to stay at Newcastle and play his part in Steve McClaren’s revolution at St James’ Park.

“I know the club want me to stay, and this year they will bring in some players,” the 25-year-old began.

“We have a good team so we can do something good – better than last year, because the last six months of last year was very poor,” he continued.

“I hope we can have a better season. When you are a player, there is always a story, but I’m still at Newcastle and I’m happy here.

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“I think we have a good team and we can have a good season,” the powerhouse concluded.

“We all have to work together.”

L’Equipe also reported that both Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in the midfielder.

 

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