The Telegraph reports that Tottenham are set to launch their opening bid for Benteke sometime next week. Andre Villas-boas is set to bid £20 million pounds for the Belgium forward. Tottenham don’t believe that the £25 million price is a realistic valuation of the forward. The report also claims that Tottenham are set to offer Benteke a wage of £70,000 a week, this triples the amount that Benteke earns at Villa Park. Villas-boas is set to promise the Belgium a starting spot, with Adebayor set to be sold before the end of the transfer window.
I doubt that Lerner will budge from the clubs £25 million price tag so we’ll see what develops, I think Tottenham will start with an opening bid and this could very well increase. However, the extent of the increase is the current question. If nothing materialises, Benteke will stay at Villa Park, he still has 3 years left on his contract.
The Mirror reports that Darren Bent is on top of Newcastle’s wish list and Joe Kinnear will start to negotiate the move as he returns to work on Monday. Bent has been told by Aston Villa he can leave the club and has been left out of the German tour. Aston Villa would like re-coup £8 million from Bent, however this is still a major loss of the original £22 million that was spent on Bent. Since Aston Villa are so keen on selling Bent, the fee maybe a tad bit off the £8 million