Spurs Eye £25m-Rated Belgian As Club Close In On Villa Signing
Tottenham have turned their attention to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after all-but securing the signature of David Villa from La Liga gaints Barcelona
With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Tottenham are looking to add to their strike-force.
Tottenham have turned their attention to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after all-but securing the signature of David Villa from Barcelona, according to the Mirror.
The north Londoners have already been busy in the early stages of the summer transfer market after signing midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians in a £17m deal, and now it seems they’ve set about strengthening their attack.
The Mirror claim Spanish hitman Villa is poised to sign from Barcelona after Tottenham’s main rivals for his signature, Fiorentina, paved the way for a move to White Hart Lane after agreeing a deal to sign Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich.
However, boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring in at least one more striker this summer and the report suggests he’s keen to land Belgian international Benteke from Villa and is undeterred by the clubs £25m valuation.
The 22-year-old enjoyed an excellent debut season in the Premier League, hitting 19 goals to lead Paul Lamberts side to safety following his £7m switch from Genk last summer. The Midlanders are keen to secure his long-term future by offering him a new deal but the powerful striker has so far resisted their attempts, leading to speculation he could be open to a move.
The newspaper claims Spurs offered Jermain Defoe in part-exchange last month but Villa rejected the proposal, and AVB is now expected to press ahead with another move for Benteke as he looks to re-shape his strike-force ahead of next season.
A move to the Lane will surely be tempting for the youngster as playing in Europe will boost his chances of playing for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup next summer, but we’ll have to wait an see whether Tottenham are able to strike a deal with Villa.
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