Aston Villa are set to receive a £28million offer from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Christian Benteke, reports the Daily Mail.

Benteke's future had been shrouded in doubt all summer after a scintillating first season in England, with the striker reportedly handing in a transfer request in order to force a deal through to the north London outfit. 

However, Spurs are not giving up lightly on the Belgian international and are preparing another large-money bid this January.

Despite a heavy summer spending spree that saw more than £100 million worth of talent enter White Hart Lane, it seems that Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy are prepared to add another striker to the squad. 

Despite Roberto Soldado's transfer from Valencia this summer, and Jermain Defoe's Europa League goals, Spurs have only managed to score eight times in the league this season; a statistic that the Tottenham hierarchy believe the introduction of Benteke would drastically change.

The Belgian international has scored 23 goals for Villa in the space of just 40 games. 

The revived interest from Tottenham has not worried Villa manager Paul Lambert, however, who believes Benteke is settled at the Midlands club. 

"I was not bothered [in the summer]. I knew what was happening. I was never really bothered because I knew he was never going to go anywhere," Lambert was quoted by

"I didn't worry about it. I knew myself what was going on, so I was not going to get caught up in something that was never going to transpire.

"I'm pretty sure it was the speculation that got to him. Speculation whether its wrong or right, if people have seen it in black and white in front of them they think 'Oh, it must be true'." 

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