Manchester United linked with Christian Benteke

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal looks set to place a bid for Aston Villa goal machine Christian Benteke, according to the Daily Star.

The Belgium international  24, has scored nine goals in his last seven games for the Midlands side, including one of two strikes that saw Villa reach the final of the FA Cup for the first time since 2000.

Tim Sherwood, the man responsible for Villa's miraculous turnaround, values the striker at £25 million and this figure doesn't appear to phase Louis van Gaal.

Last week, Sherwood agreed that he would sell Benteke should he want to leave the club. But, with Delph's shock decision to pledge his future to the club by signing a four-and-a-half year contract in January, it would be no surprise if the target man stayed on at Villa Park.

Benteke, who signed for Aston Villa from Belgian side Genk in 2012, has proven his worth at the club over time, scoring 39 goals in his 84 league appearances.

On Sunday, he scored the first of two goals in the hotly-contested FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool to put the club in the final of the competition for the first time in 15 years.

Alongside young winger Jack Grealish and club captain Fabian Delph, the Belgian broke apart Liverpool's defence on a number of occasions, resulting in a shock victory for the underdogs.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are expected to add another striker to their ranks during the summer transfer window with Radamel Falcao's loan spell set to come to an end and the future of Robin van Persie also in doubt.

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