However, Lambert and Co are insistent that north London club pay their full £25m asking price.
Tottenham Hotspur are said to be so desperate to bring want-away Aston Villa front man Christian Benteke to White Hart Lane next season that they are now prepared to offer the Midlands outfit the choice of four first-team players with which to chose from in order to seal the deal, reports the Sun.
Villa were rocked earlier this week when their star centre forward handed in a transfer request less than a year after first arriving at Villa Park following a £7 million move on a four-year contract from Belgium outfit Genk.
However, after a sensational debut campaign for Paul Lambert’s struggling team in which the powerful Belgium international found the back of the net on 23 occasions in just 39 matches in all competitions, including an equally impressive 19 strikes on only 34 Premier League outings, the striker has been agitating for a big-money move away from Villa this summer.
Villa, though, are understood to be determined that any potential suitor for the 22-year-old meets their full valuation of the player, which stands at a whopping £25m.
Tottenham, however, only want to pay £20m to secure Benteke, although the north London club are also willing to offer their counterparts the choice of either Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone to make up the remaining shortfall, although it is believed that Villa have no interest in any of those four players.