Rodriguez? Christian Benteke is the player Spurs should invest their January budget on

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Tottenham Hotspur should divert their attention away from Jay Rodriguez and focus on signing Christian Benteke in January.

With Tottenham Hotspur preparing an overhaul of the squad in January, rumours persist about which players Mauricio Pochettino is intending to bring to White Hart Lane. 

The Argentine boss reportedly has funds to spend in the next transfer window and he plans on spending the bulk of them. 

Spurs are on the hunt for attacking additions to help improve their goal-scoring threat and Southampton's Jay Rodriguez continues to be tipped to be in line for a move to London club.

The Lilywhites were unable to bring in the Saints front-man during the summer transfer window, after expressing an interest, but they are expected to follow up their enquiries with a bid in January. 

Southampton are reportedly demanding around £20 million if they are to be convinced to sell Rodriguez, but Spurs would be better off diverting their attentions elsewhere if they have that sort of spending power. 

Tottenham want to sign the quality to push them on to the next level and the obvious target they should be identifying in the Premier League should be Aston Villa's Christian Benteke.

The Belgian forward now has 30 goals in 60 league matches for Villa, which is a simply incredible strike-rate for a side who lack in attacking ambition.

In a team which creates as many chances as Spurs do, it would be likely that this scoring record would improve and his arrival could spark a resurgence for the team.

The North London outfit have consistently struggled for a goalscorer over recent times, but in Benteke they would be buying a guaranteed goal-threat.

The 23-year-old is one of the most well-rounded players in the division and would bring a new dimension to Tottenham's attacking ranks. 

Although he would likely cost more that Rodriguez, it looks a better investment for the long-term. 

Not only is Benteke younger than his Southampton counterpart, he also looks more refined as a player and has proven himself to be more effective in-front of goal. 

He may be the most pricey option, but Spurs need an injection of genuine quality and if they are serious about making it into the top-four then the signing of Benteke could really make a statement of their ambition. 

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