Tottenham considering first offer for Aston Villa striker Benteke

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to open the bidding for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, the Daily Mirror has reported, but the London club are said to be reluctant to meet the £25m valuation set by their Midlands counterparts.

Villa want a speedy resolution to Benteke’s future but will stand firm on the price tag placed on the Belgian’s head – and Benteke, who recently handed in a transfer request and confirmed he wished to leave Villa Park – wants to move to White Hart Lane.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is trying to negotiate a lower price for the centre-forward, however, while Villa manager Paul Lambert is keen to ensure the Benteke situation doesn’t hamper team morale ahead of the new season. “You try to create the same things you had last season – that feeling of everyone in it together,” Lambert said. “You do that and it takes you a long way.

The manager added that while his team would miss Benteke’s goals should he depart this summer, as long as the team ethic remains then the goals will flow. ““I don’t mind where you get the goals from,” Lambert insisted, “You just have to keep trying to f¬unction as a team.

In his first season in the Premier League following a summer 2012 move from Genk, Benteke netted 19 times, helping Villa to safety. He also scored four times in the League Cup to take his overall tally to 23.

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