Tottenham Hotspur are expected to keep both Andros Townsend and Danny Rose this summer rather than sending the pair out on loan again.
Townsend impressed in the second half of the season at QPR, while Rose was one of Sunderland’s most important players throughout the year, and Andre Villas-Boas is keen to include both in his squad to ensure there is enough depth at Spurs.
Rose could even be in line for a first team place if he impresses in pre-season, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s future at White Hart Lane reportedly unresolved. Townsend will act as back-up for Aaron Lennon, whose injury problems last season left Spurs short of options at times.
Benteke went on striker last season to force through his move from Genk to Villa, and the Premier League club are anxious to ensure he does not take a similar line again this summer, with the 22-year-old apparently keen to complete a move to Spurs as soon as possible.
Paul Lambert will have the backing Randy Lerner to fine Benteke more than his £20,000 weekly wage, and Villa will also play hardball over the £25million fee they are demanding for the striker.
Benteke himself has apparently indicated he hopes a move can be completed before Thursday so he does not have to return to training with Villa.
David Villa has hinted that procrastination from Premier League clubs was a key factor in his eventual decision to move to Atletico Madrid this summer.
Villa, who was strongly linked with a move to Spurs, suggested his original plan had been to move to England, but clubs acted to slowly to complete the deal.
"It is true the idea was for me to go to the Premier League, because the biggest offers came from there,” he said.
"But then Atletico Madrid showed up and they did more in three days than others did in months."
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