Tottenham are hoping that they will be able to prise Christian Benteke away from Villa Park but will face competition from Chelsea according to today’s newspapers.
Benteke handed in a transfer request on Monday and Aston Villa have said they will let him leave if they receive a £25m bid.
Benteke wants regular football
The Guardian say that the youngster would prefer to move to White hart Lane as he would be more likely to be playing regular football.
With Belgium likely to make a big impression at the World Cup at the end of the season it is important for Benteke to have a good season to get himself in contention for a place in his national team.
However, it is questionable whether Tottenham would be able to raise the £25m and Villa wouldn’t be interested in taking on Jermaine Defoe as part of the deal.
Villa won’t let him go cheap
The Daily Mail say that that Villa are worried that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will try to force a cut price deal when the window is about to close but they have vowed not to let the youngster go on the cheap.
Andre Villas Boas is desperate for a top class striker to fire his team into the top four. Tottenham won a club record 72 points last season but still missed out on the final day. Benteke scored 23 goals in 39 games for a poor Villa side and would be likely to score more at Tottenham or Chelsea given the better quality of teammates he would have.
Chelsea unlikely to offer Lukaku
Villa might be interested in a deal with Chelsea if it meant Romelu Lukaku would go in the other direction. However, that would seem to be a non-starter as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stated that he is keen to work with the young striker.
Villa boss Paul Lambert wants Benteke to stay and the Mail say that Randy Learner is only prepared to let the striker leave if somebody meets the £25m valuation.