Report: Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend in part-exchange for Christian Benteke

Tottenham will reportedly attempt to land Christian Benteke - by offering Andros Townsend to Aston Villa.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham will make a summer push for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke - and are ready to offer Andros Townsend in part-exchange.

Spurs saw Harry Kane grab the headlines with his goalscoring exploits, but manager Mauricio Pochettino needs more options in attack given that Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado both struggled once again this past season.

The Mirror believe that Spurs are 'keen' to land Aston Villa striker Benteke, who flourished under ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood towards the end of the campaign.

The Belgian, 24, finished the season with 15 goals to his name, and is therefore likely to cost a huge sum of money to prise away from Villa Park - but Tottenham think they have an offer to tempt Villa into a sale.

The report from The Mirror states that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is wiling to offer up England international winger Andros Townsend in part-exchange for Benteke - because he knows Sherwood has worked with Townsend before and even claimed on TV that the wide man 'single handedly' took England to the 2014 World Cup.

Townsend, 23, had an up-and-down season under Pochettino and whilst he may still have a bright future ahead of him, Spurs may be willing to let him leave if it will help them land Benteke.

Given Sherwood's affinity with Townsend, he may be willing to accept a deal where the winger heads to Birmingham - but losing Benteke would be such a huge blow to Villa that they could hold out for his alleged £32.5m release clause.

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