Spurs have been linked with the burly Belgian for some time, and have been buoyed by his recent decision to submit a transfer request.
Villa know that it’s now unlikely that they will be able to keep hold of their star man, and are willing to do business for £25m.
But, Andre Villas-Boas will open the bidding at £20m, and is hopeful that the Midlanders may opt to lower their valuation in a bid to speed up the process and avoid a summer of uncertainty.
Benteke netted a staggering 19 Premier League goals is his debut season at Villa Park, becoming one of the division’s leading strikers despite playing for a side embroiled a relegation dogfight.
The 22-year-old is said to be desperate to move on in the coming months, as he looks to cement a spot in Belgium’s national side ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Spurs were believed to be looking to make a player-plus-cash offer for Benteke, but it is understood that Villa are not keen to agree to such a deal.
The likes of Liverpool and Chelsea are also believed to be interested, but the powerful centre-forward is said to have made White Hart Lane his first choice destination.
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