It is strikers all the way this morning as Tottenham Hotspur attempt to finance their move for Christian Benteke by shipping out some of their current forwards.
Aston Villa have reportedly warned Spurs they are prepared to play hard ball over the Belgian forward this summer, with reports that the London club’s opening bid of around £20million is expected early next week.
Villa have made it clear that Benteke will not leave for anything under £25million, a valuation Spurs apparently consider unrealistic. Benteke has three years left on his contract at Villa Park, giving the Midlands club a strong negotiating position, although they will be wary of the fact that the 22-year-old went on strike force through his move from Genk to Villa last summer.
Spurs are hoping to offload Emmanuel Adebayor to Besiktas to help finance the deal, but the Togolese striker is reportedly unwilling to move despite the Turkish club matching his £100,000 a week wages.
The deal would be worth around £6million, and could leave Spurs needing to sign two new strikers this summer. One man they might target alongside someone like Benteke is Benfica’s Nelson Oliveira, with Spurs and Cardiff apparently competing to bring the 21-year-old to the Premier League on loan.
Oliveira, who has ten caps for Portugal, is available for a £1million loan fee, with a £6million option to buy. The striker spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, where he scored just four times in 30 league appearances.
West Brom are interested in signing Clint Dempsey, who has reportedly been transfer listed by Spurs this summer. Spurs are keen to recoup more than the £6million they paid for the 30-year-old last year, with the American unlikely to be a key player next season.
The Baggies are keen to strengthen their attack, but Dempsey’s wages and Spurs valuation of the forward could both block a potential move.
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