According to reports in the Daily Star Aston Villa's Christian Benteke is a wanted man.

The Belgian striker was courted by several clubs around Europe this summer after handing in a transfer request. even more surprising was what followed.

A deal agreed between Benteke and the club on a new four year contract extension which will surely bump the price up considerably more than the £20 million that was quoted in the Summer for his services.

Lazio boss Vladimir Petkovic is looking to bolster his squad after the departure of Czech Republic forward Libor Kozak to none other than Villa in the summer and with want-away Brazilian attacking midfielder Hernanes certain to leave the Serie A side will leave the squad rather light in the way of attacking options.

The Italian clubs interest will alert the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea who all tried to lure Benteke away from Villa Park this summer and will be keen again to try the same. It is no secret that the Premier league duo of Arsenal and Chelsea are short of striking options and have made a Striker a priority for the January transfer window. 

Benteke who is currently on the sidelines following a hip Injury he picked up in the 1-0 Win at Norwich in September is expected to be back by the end of October. 

Benteke was the bargain buy of last season costing Villa manager Paul Lambert a mere £7 million from Belgian side Genk. He notched an impressive 23 goals in 39 appearances in his debut season and that was in a team that struggled for the most part last season.

Benteke was the first player to reach the 20+ goals landmark for Villa since Dwight Yorke achieved that in the 1996-97 season.

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