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Crystal Palace seal record £32 million move for Christain Benteke

Christian Benteke has completed his blockbuster £32 million transfer from Liverpool to Crystal Palace, inking a four-year deal at Selhurst Park.

The striker passed a medical on Friday before agreeing personal terms believed to be in the region of £120,000-a-week.

Benteke, who became the second-most expensive purchase for Reds when they recruited him from Aston Villa last summer, is now Palace's record signing.

His fee of an initial £27m, plus another £5m in add-ons, dwarfs the £13m shelled out to Newcastle earlier in the window for winger Andros Townsend.

It also means that Liverpool have recouped the money spent on him a year ago, rendering their hardline stance over his valuation a triumph. They insisted that Benteke would not be sold on the cheap - as a "present" - despite his status as a fringe player.

The 25-year-old will bank the club their fourth-highest sum for an outgoing player when the extras come into effect.

Only Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres have commanded a bigger price when exiting Anfield.