Tottenham weighing up £20m offer

Christian Benteke, Aston VillaTottenham are preparing a £20m offer for Aston Villa front-man Christian Benteke, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

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.

Could Christian Benteke be the missing part of Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham jigsaw puzzle?

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