Arsenal and Tottenham striker target ready to begin contract talks

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will reportedly commence talks with his current employers regarding a new contract, should the club preserve their Premier League status, while the situation of the Belgium international is being monitored by Arsenal and Tottenham.

Benteke has scored 19 goals in all competitions during his maiden campaign in English football and, according to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are prepared to offer the 22-year-old double his current salary to extend his stay at Villa Park.

The offer, however, will only formally be made should Aston Villa secure survival, although initial discussions about an improved deal could begin as early as this week as the Midlands club strive to keep Benteke.

Benteke, who signed for £7 million from Genk in the summer transfer window of last year, is wanted by a host of prominent Premier League clubs, the most notable being north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, with both clubs looking to recruit more goalscoring reinforcements at the end of the season.

Arsenal have yet to sufficiently compensate for the departure of captain Robin van Persie who last year and, despite the signings of Olivier Giround and Lukas Podolski before the summer transfer deadline, Arsene Wenger is seemingly likely to dip into the market once again.

The Gunners have, along with Benteke, been linked with David Villa of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez, while their is also reported interest in Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tottenham, meanwhile, remain short of options up front, and Andre Villas-Boas will surely look to bring in at least one more forward to contest Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

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