A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Aston Villa today...
The striker's former club Genk are due 15% of any profit above £7 million the Villians potentially make on him which has caused the club's hierarchy to dig their heels in over the fee.
A twist in the Benteke tale also emerged today with the Belgian reportedly unwilling to move to Spurs should a fee be agreed.
The London Evening Standard claim that Benteke still holds ill will over the way Spurs handled negotiations when they chased his signature two years ago, and a move to Liverpool is his first choice.
The Dutch club are believed to want £2.3 million for his sale but it is unclear whether Villa will be willing to increase their offer.
The young defender is a free agent having left Birmingham City this summer and has reportedly opted for a return to his native Scotland with Rangers amidst interest from Villa.
Finally, new assistant manager Ray Wilkins was full of praise for Tim Sherwood after the capture of Micah Richards on a free transfer earlier this month, as per the Birmingham Mail, stating:
"I think the business that Tim did there was phenomenal."