Rivals plan Benteke raid
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Aston Villa star Christian Benteke is a target for Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Benteke still has three years left on his current deal at Villa Park and the club are desperate to keep hold of the Belgian striker after his fine debut campaign in the Premier League last season.
Boss Paul Lambert has previously admitted that keeping hold of Benteke in the long-term is probably unrealistic but he does expect to keep the forward for next season, while it is believed Villa are prepared to reject offers in the region of £30-£40million for Benteke this summer.
However, Spurs are keen to bring in a goalscorer and boss Andre Villas-Boas has now been linked with a move for Benteke.
Spurs face a battle to keep hold of their own star man Gareth Bale and any move for Benteke could depend on whether or not they are forced to sell Bale to Real Madrid.
A fee in the region of £60million has been mooted should Spurs sanction the sale of Bale to Real, and the north London outfit may then make a big move for Benteke in a bid to ensure they can challenge for a top four finish.