Aston Villa chase Belgium international

Genk striker Christian BentekeAston Villa are set to bid £4 million for Genk striker Christian Benteke.

The Belgium international stands at 6′ 5″ and could be brought in to partner Darren Bent.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is set to make a move for the 21-year-old in the next 24 hours, though The Sun claims there is also interest for the Belgian’s signature from league rivals Fulham.

It’s reported that following the West Midlands’ club’s miserable start to the Premier League season, owner Randy Learner is willing to finance three signings before the end of the transfer window.

With other senior striker Gabriel Agbonlahor injured, there is huge pressure on Bent to regularly score for the Villains – who have netted just once in their first two league meetings.

Another attacking option could ease the pressure on the England international; so far unproven strikers Nathan Delfouneso and Brett Holman have partnered Bent.

The 28-year-old did score his first goal for Lambert last night in a much-needed 3-0 win over Tranmere in the League Cup, though adding another away at Newcastle United this weekend will prove much tougher.