Tottenham Hotspur plan £20m Christian Benteke bid

Christian Benteke attempts to outjump Hugo Lloris.
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Tottenham Hotspur will offer Aston Villa £20m for Belgian striker Christian Benteke early next week, according to reports.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning to register a £20m opening offer for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke next week.

Benteke handed in a formal transfer request on Tuesday, forcing Paul Lambert to consider selling his star striker at the right price.

Villa want £25m to consider parting with the Belgian international, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is thought to see that valuation as unrealistic.

According to The Telegraph Spurs will formally offer £20m and tempt Benteke with wages of around £70,000 a week, with the promise of first-team football at White Hart Lane if a fee can be agreed.

The 22-year-old finished his debut season with Villa as the club's leading marksman, scoring 19 goals in his maiden Premier League campaign.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the Premier League clash on March 31, 2013
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