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By: Jason Hope 04 Apr 2013 09:15:42

Villa's Christian Benteke tops Spurs transfer list

Tottenham want £15m Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke, according to the Daily Star.

The White Hart Lane club are plotting a major summer reshuffle of their striking department, which could see both Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe leave and as many as THREE new front men replace them.

Villa’s 14-goal top scorer Benteke, 22, is top of their list after an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

Starsport revealed in February how the Belgium hit-man has made up his mind to leave Villa at the end of the season.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy knows Villa will be in a far weaker position if they go down.

So he is trying to strike a deal now, even though it could not go through until the summer.

Levy hopes Villa will be tempted by banking more than double the £7m they paid for Benteke whether they go down or not.

Agreeing an early deal would also see Spurs avoid getting sucked into an auction, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Inter Milan also keen.

If all goes to plan, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas could have a whole new strike force next term.

Internacional’s Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, 23, is still on his wish list, while Spurs will cut their losses and sell £5m Adebayor to help fund their spree.

Starsport understands they could also be persuaded to part with Defoe for the right offer.

He has gone off the boil and the 18-goal striker will now miss three games, including tonight’s Europa League tie, with a groin injury after shooting too much in training.

 


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