Tottenham Hotspurs are ready to offer Aston Villa their pick of four first team players in order to seal a deal for Christian Benteke.
Andre Villas-Boas has the capture of the Belgian striker his top priority but he will have to pull out all the stops if he is to meet Villa’s £25 million valuation of the player not to mention beat Chelsea’s offer to sign up the player.
Villa summer plans were turned on their head earlier in the week when the 22 year old submitted an official transfer request. While the club have reluctantly agreed to the players wish to leave they will only do so if their valuation is met.
The former Gent star is in hot demand after a stunning debut season that Benteke score 23 goals in just 39 games in all competitions with 19 of those coming in the Premier League.
His impressive form saw him nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year and while he may have lost out to Gareth Bale the two could form an exciting partnership at White Hart Lane next season.
Villas-Boas is determined however to get his man and while he is ready to pay £20 million to get his man, a sum Villa would reject, he is hoping that the Midlander’s need to bolster their squad with some much-needed experience could see them accept that amount with players added in to the deal.
The Portuguese tactician is ready to offer Villa manager Paul Lambert his choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or reported Sunderland target Tom Huddlestone.
Meanwhile less than 12 months after he arrived at White Hart Lane USA International Clint Dempsey has been made available for transfer.
The former Fulham star arrived amid much fanfare after a stunning 2011/2012 campaign that saw him score 23 goals in all competitions, including 17 in the Premier League.
However he has failed to make the same impact with Spurs managing just 12 goals last season. The club are now ready to listen to offers for the 30 year old and have already earmarked Nacer Chandli as his replacement.
The FC Twente winger is also coveted by Liverpool and would cost the Londoners a reported £7.5 million. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is believed to have already opened talks with his Dutch counterpart and a deal could be announced in the coming days.