The Portuguese coach is keen to add to his squad in the coming months in a bid to assemble a side capable of securing Champions League qualification.
Villa’s Benteke is thought to be his top target, with a need for goals at White Hart Lane well known.
Spurs were the joint lowest scorers in the top five last term, as Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor struggled with injury and poor form.
The burden of securing points was left on Gareth Bale, but AVB feels that Benteke could provide the firepower needed to support the Welshman.
The Villans are said to be unwilling to sell the Belgian, but the Londoners are ready to spend big to push through a deal.
Another area of weakness recognised by the White Hart Lane chief is in midfield, an issue he is keen to rectify with McCarthy.
The 22-year-old was one of Wigan’s standout performers as they slipped to relegation, providing a number of imposing displays from the centre of the pitch.
The Latics are aware that they may be unable to keep hold of their star man, and Tottenham are hopeful that they can snatch him at a reduced rate.
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