Liverpool & Spurs lodge enquires for 19-goal Belgian star

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Liverpool and Tottenham have not given up hope of landing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke this summer, according to

The 22-year-old Belgium international is yet to agree a new Villa contract after a stunning first season in the Premier League. And the report claims Liverpool and Spurs have both made enquires for the forward.

The Premier League duo are ready to offer Benteke a significant pay rise on his current £20,000-a-week deal, as well as the prospect of European football and a place in the starting eleven.

Benteke is being lined up by Liverpool as they prepare for their worst-case scenario - losing Luis Suarez to Real Madrid.

Reports have linked the Uruguayan with a summer exit, but it's thought Liverpool's enquiry regarding Benteke is merely a contingency plan for the club.

Spurs were short on goals last season, with Gareth Bale largely supplying the firepower while Jermain Defoe struggled with fitness and Emmanuel Adebayor with form.

First-choice target Leandro Damiao has proven elusive, and Tottenham have reportedly dropped their interest in the Brazilian having grown frustrated with a lack of progress.

Benteke represents a ready-made, proven striker in the Premier League having scored 19 in the top flight last term.

The young forward has three years left on his Villa contract, but is demanding improved terms off the back of last season. And the West Midlands club may have to acquiesce if they want to hold off interest from the likes of Liverpool and Spurs.

Villa are believed to have offered him a new deal, while Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly monitoring developments.

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