Report: Christian Benteke is high on Tottenham's January transfer wish list

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is reportedly high on Tottenham's transfer wishlist.

According to the Daily Mirror's transfer blog at 11am this morning, Tottenham have made Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke one of their top targets in the January transfer window.

The 24-year-old, who cost Villa £7m back in the summer of 2012, has been a roaring success at Villa Park, scoring 31 goals in 73 Premier League games for Paul Lambert's side.

Yet with Villa struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table having scored just 11 goals in 22 games, it's natural for the Belgian international to be linked with a move away from the club.

The Mirror believe that Benteke is now high on Tottenham's transfer wishlist, alongside his Villa team mate Fabian Delph as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad at White Hart Lane.

Benteke, who was actually sent off against Spurs back in November after an off-the-ball altercation with midfielder Ryan Mason, missed six months of 2014 having suffered an achilles injury, but appears to be back to full strength - even if the goals aren't quite flowing in a Villa side devoid of creativity.

With animosity building at Villa Park, a top striker like Benteke surely won't want to hang about for much longer, and a move to Tottenham could be perfect.

Pochettino needs a focal point in attack to allow Harry Kane the ability to roam into space as he has done on many occasions this season, and Benteke has the ability to do just that.

Villa would likely command a huge fee for Benteke, but The Mirror report that Spurs hope to splash out in the coming weeks - making Benteke a realistic target.

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