Spurs can wave goodbye to any hope of signing Benteke

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Borussia Dortmund have emerged as candidates to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa this summer.

The Belgian forward has been one of the stand out performers for Aston Villa this season and now their Premier League status is secure, don’t expect Paul Lambert to flog his main man to a rival in the same division.

Benteke has produced 19 goals and four assists from all Premier League appearances this year and he seems to embody the sort of characteristics which make him a perfect fit for the German side.

Unfortunately, that means Tottenham Hotspur are going to have to look elsewhere as they go about looking for attacking support to come in and compliment Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale.

Spurs were emerging as the favourites to sign Benteke from Aston Villa earlier in the season but it now seems impossible for them to get their hands on someone who could improve their strike force.

Borussia Dortmund are going to be losing at least two of their most important players this summer; Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

That means if the reports of interest in Benteke are true, and according to his agent they are, they will table a good offer for the striker which Aston Villa may be willing to listen to, regardless of whether it touches the top end of their valuation or not.

The point is all about the fact that Dortmund do not compete directly against Aston Villa, meaning Lambert would more than likely sell to them for £20-25 million over Tottenham for £10 million more.

If the interest is real, then it’s going to be very difficult for Aston villa to keep Benteke on a leash, regardless of their safety because Borussia Dortmund represents a shot at the Bundesliga title and Champions League football.

The latter of those two options is not something Spurs are guaranteed to provide to any of their summer signings, which will make it slightly more difficult for them to pick up some of their first choice targets.

The difference now is Aston Villa’s Premier League survival. Had they gone down, Spurs could have stayed right in the hunt to sign him regardless of any interest from Jurgen Klopp.

It gives Villa more power and looking at Lambert’s comments throughout the season in terms of interest from other English clubs, he’s made it perfectly clear he won’t be playing for any other Premier League team.

Dortmund can dangle the carrot and as they are losing good players, it’s in their best interests to do so.

If Lambert even turns his nose up at that, Spurs would be best advised to move on and find another striker but either way it doesn’t look like they have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting him.

Will he stay at Villa or go abroad? Do Spurs still have a chance of signing him?

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