Aston Villa latest: Including Benteke future and Austin interest

Every important story coming out of Villa Park; news, rumours and transfers.

Atletico Madrid have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian forward recently said there was nothing Villa could do to stop him leaving, which has sparked a media frenzy over his possible destination.

Aston Villa are set to recruit Burnley striker Charlie Austin from the Championship. Darren Bent will not be a Villa player ahead of next season, which has created an opening in the Villa squad and Lambert is once again expected to dip into the football league.

Aston Villa are reportedly targeting Celtic transfer target Aleksander Tonev. Villa are thought to have put in a £3.5 million bid for the Lech Poznan midfielder. Paul Lambert continues to monitor his progress closely but reports suggest Neil Lennon has been following the Bulgarian for some time.

Aston Villa are thought to be working on a deal which will allow Stephen Ireland to leave the club. Ireland struggled throughout last season, having barely any impact and the club are thought to be keen on allowing him to move on as quickly as possible ahead of next season.

Nottingham forest boss Billy Davies is thought to be keen on signing Aston Villa full back Eric Lichaj. Lichaj has struggled to have the impact he would have desired at the club due to the success of Matt Lowton, who played a large part in keeping Aston Villa up last season.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is eyeing up a move for Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne. Dunne has fallen way down the pecking order at Villa Park due to injury and a lack of fitness, which will more than likely see them allow Dunne to move on this summer.

Former Aston Villa defender Gareth Southgate has praised the club’s youth policy. The TV pundit says it’s a great way for Paul Lambert to set up the next generation of stars at Villa Park and he doesn’t expect them to struggle as much next season in terms of the relegation battle.

Christian Benteke scored twice for Belgium in their 4-2 win over the USA. The Villa forward was one of the stand out performers from the last Premier League season and his performance simply adds to his stock value as plenty of sides circle around him looking to snap him up.

Martin Laursen has revealed his delight at Brad Guzan being able to nail down the number one position at Villa Park. The pair worked together for just one year but Laursen has admitted he’s pleased and surprised at the progress Guzan has made in the Premier League.

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