Tottenham To Table Opening Bid For Aston Villa Striker Christan Benteke

The striker rocked Villa last week by handing in a transfer request.

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Spurs are preparing an opening bid for Aston Villa striker Christan Benteke but it is unlikely to be anywhere near Villa’s £25 million valuation, the Daily Mirror reports.

Benteke is understood to want a move to Spurs as he sees White Hart Lane as the best place for him to showcase his talents next season.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is resigned to losing the striker but the club will still hold out for £25 million and will not be bullied into selling their star man for anything less.

Lambert would like to sell the striker quickly in order to avoid disruption to his squad’s pre season plans and give him time to find a suitable replacement for Benteke.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is expected to submit a formal bid for Benteke this week and is hoping to persuade Villa to lower their valuation for the striker or expect a drawn out situation that Villa don’t want.

Chelsea are also reportedly interested in Benteke and will offer Villa the £25 million that they are demanding but Benteke is reportedly sceptical about a move to Stamford Bridge, believing that he won’t get the first team football that he desires under Jose Mourinho.

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