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Tottenham step up transfer interest

Aston Villa's Christian BentekeTottenham are preparing to up their interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, according to reports from The Mirror.

The north Londoners have been tracking the burly Belgian for some time and have been encouraged by the fact that he is yet to have penned a new deal with the Midlanders.

Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be close to finalising a move for Barcelona star David Villa, but even if he does secure the Spaniard he will continue his pursuit of Benteke.

Spurs were the joint lowest scorers in the top five last term and relied heavily on Gareth Bale to score their vital goals as Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor misfired.

AVB is keen to address this and feels that Benteke could be the answer.

Villa have held firm in their stance that their star man is not for sale, but they know that if he demands a move there is little that can be done to keep him.

The 22-year-old fired an impressive 18 goals in his debut campaign in the Premier League, which has alerted a number of top clubs.

Liverpool are thought to be monitoring the situation, but Tottenham are said to be the front runners.

Will Christian Benteke leave Aston Villa? And would Tottenham be a good destination?

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