Report: Aston Villa star Christian Benteke will reject Tottenham transfer if deal is agreed

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will reportedly snub a move to Tottenham.

According to the London Evening Standard, Aston Villa star Christian Benteke will reject a move to Tottenham - even if a deal is agreed.

Benteke, 24, exploded into life in the second half of last season, firing 11 goals in nine games under Tim Sherwood to keep Villa in the top flight.

Now though, interest in the Belgian is growing, and ever since Sherwood revealed to Sky Sports that the striker has a £32.5m release clause in his contract, speculation has surrounded Benteke's future.

However, the London Evening Standard understand that Benteke would reject a move to Tottenham this summer, even if Mauricio Pochettino's men have a bid accepted.

The report states that Benteke is still frustrated with Spurs over a situation that occurred in 2013, where Benteke submitted a transfer request at Villa, with Spurs willing to pay £25m to sign him. That offer never materialised, meaning Benteke had angered Villa with no move forthcoming.

It's also noted that, if Benteke is to leave Villa Park this summer, then his preference is to sign for Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers in desperate need of another striker this summer.

Target man needed?

Tottenham's style of play under Pochettino is largely based on playing out from the back and keeping the ball on the deck - whereas Benteke feeds on crosses into the penalty area where he can use his size and strength to overpower defenders.

That would suggest that Benteke isn't a great fit for Spurs, but at times last season, the ball did go in long to Harry Kane, and he simply isn't a striker who can outmuscle centre backs and win the ball in the air on a regular basis.

It's therefore little surprise that Pochettino would consider adding more of a target man figure for Kane to feed off, and whilst it seems that Benteke won't be arriving at White Hart Lane this summer, a similar striker could be targeted.

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