Aston Villa ready to nab Spurs transfer target to replace £32.5m ace

Aston Villa are plotting a move for Monaco’s Anthony Martial as Christian Benteke nears a big money move to Liverpool, according to reports from L’Equipe.

The Villans’ Belgian forward is believed to be on the verge of signing for the Reds in a £32.5m deal after the Merseysiders agreed to trigger the release clause in his contract.

And with the 24-year-old seeming on his way out of Villa Park, the Midlanders have reportedly set their sights on Monaco’s Martial.

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The 19-year-old forward – who is mooted to be one of Spurs’ top targets – has emerged as one of Ligue 1’s finest talents since the Mediterranean giants’ return to the French top tier, and has even been likened to Thierry Henry thanks to his pace and technique.

Even though the teenager recently penned a new deal with Monaco, Villa are still keen and certainly have the cash, should Benteke’s move go ahead, to fund a raid.

Martial netted nine league goals last season.