Tottenham Hotspur will try and tempt Aston Villa into selling Christian Benteke by offering Jermain Defoe in part-exchange for the Belgium international, the
Defoe is increasingly surplus to requirements under Andre Villas-Boas, the newspaper has claimed, with the Coach willing to use the England striker as a makeweight in his move for Benteke. Tottenham value Defoe at around £7m but Villa have thus far rejected any approach from the White Hart Lane club.
Benteke is a player in demand, however, with Atletico Madrid said to be willing to pay £25m for his services as a replacement for Monaco-bound Radamel Falcao, while Arsenal are also watching developments at Villa Park with a view to swooping for the 22-year-old.
Signed from Genk last summer, Benteke enjoyed a prolific first season in the Premier League, scoring 19 goals as Paul Lambert’s side avoided relegation. Villa now hope to tie down Benteke to a new contract but Atletico are keen to push through a move, giving Villa 10 days to consider their latest offer for the centre-forward.
Defoe, meanwhile, also netted 19 league goals last season but only two of them came after Christmas as injuries restricted the contribution of the former Portsmouth player. Villas-Boas also at times preferred to play Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham’s lone striker, but the ex-Arsenal man is also free to leave the club.
A number of Premier League teams have been offered the chance to sign Defoe, the Mirror adds, but have found his £70,000 per week wages too rich for their taste. Defoe signed a three-year contract last summer.
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