Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has revealed that he wanted his club to offer Liverpool £40m for Christian Benteke in the Summer.
The Premier League ended up getting their man in a deal that would rise to over £30m after having a couple of offers turned down.
Pardew was growing more frustrated as he sought to solve his side’s goal-scoring woes with the Belgian international.
Palace chairman Steve Parish would not sanction a deal at that price and ultimately had to spend more than he wanted to after Liverpool stood firm over Benteke’s valuation.
And Pardew has revealed that he had been encouraging his employer to break the bank in order to take the former Aston Villa striker to Selhurst Park.
“I kept saying, ‘Steve, it’s a no-brainer – give Liverpool £40m!” he told BBC Sport.
“He wouldn’t by the way.” he added.
Liverpool will face Benteke and Palace later this month.