Manchester United Checking out Villa Star Benteke

Christian Benteke’s early season form has caught the eye of Manchester United.

The Belgian international has scored 3 goals in the opening three games of the season, including a brace at the Emirates, to top the goal-scoring charts.

The striker was linked with a big money move to Tottenham early in the summer after submitting a transfer request however it was later withdrawn with the 22 year old opting instead to sign a new deal at Villa Park.

The new deal has not deterred suitors however with Manchester United boss David Moyes believed to be a big fan of the player and keen to pair him up front alongside Robin Van Persie.

While the Dutch International is the main man at Old Trafford at present but after turning 30 last month Moyes knows that he is entering the twilight of his career and wants the powerfully built striker to give United a physical presence up front especially with doubts over the long-term future of Wayne Rooney.

The England striker will enter the final 18 months of his contract when the transfer window re-opens and while he appears to have put his summer woes behind him, most notably with his performance against Chelsea, talk of a summer move persist leaving Moyes to consider his options.

Top of the list so far is Benteke with the Scot attending the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Belgium last Friday to personally check out the striker who has scored 17 Premier League goals in 2013, three more than any other striker.

Arsenal are also believed to be keeping an eye on the striker having witnessed first-hand his goal-scoring prowess on the opening day of the weekend.

The Gunners have the financial power to match any United bid for the player while Chelsea and Spurs would also re-ignite their interest should Villa decide that time is right to move.

Benteke’s new Villa contract see’s him pick up £60,000 a week however he would expect to earn closer to £100,000 were he to move to Old Trafford or any of the other suitors while the fact that he is not cup tied and eligible to play in Europe, make the prospect of a January move all the more appealing prospect for club’s that progress through the group stages.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.