Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will be the target of a January transfer approach from Tottenham Hotspur, according to multiple reports, despite signing a new deal during the summer.
Benteke, 22, was heavily linked with a move to Spurs at the start of the summer as he handed in a transfer request at Villa Park. Eventually, though, he came full circle, signing a new contract just 10 days later, worth £40,000-a-week, in a four-year deal.
Benteke remained loyal at Villa despite strong interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs during the summer. But could he move on in January?
Tottenham spent nearly £30 million on striker Roberto Soldado earlier on in the year, nevertheless, they have been looking to offload Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor for some time now, leaving room for Villa’s star man to fit into Spurs’ ever-improving squad.
Benteke bagged 23 goals in his debut season at Villa and has continued this respectable form this campaign netting five goals in nine Premier League appearances.
He is not the only forward on Spurs' radar, however, with Manchester United's Javier Hernandez also in the frame, although, the big Belgian would provide the abilities to slot into the all-round centre-forward role manager Andre Villas-Boas' system requires.
Both Soldado and Jermain Defoe, Tottenham’s current regular strikers are, excellent penalty-box attackers, but Benteke would offer another dimension in terms of hold-up play, outside the box. Hernandez, meanwhile, would be more of the same.
Should any offers eventually arrive, it would be logical for the Belgian to move on. With furthering his career in mind, Tottenham could feasibly offer Champions League football next year, while Villa are clearly not at that current level.
Coupled with a doubtless improvement upon his current salary at Villa, it becomes apparent that they will in-fact face a struggle to persuade him to stay for a second time.
Losing Benteke midseason, though, is not a prospect that Villa supporters will want to entertain at present.
Tottenham hope a bid worth four-times what Villa paid to sign Benteke less than 18 months ago will tempt them to sell their star-man.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, however, is also looking at alternatives in Spain, Italy and Brazil, but much will depend on their position in the Premier League in January, particularly their title credentials.
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