A selection of the stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours.
A loan fee has reportedly been agreed which would see the Togolese striker spend the final year of his Spurs contract at Villa, with the Midlands club also shouldering the burden of his considerable wages.
The former Spurs striker is a free agent following his release by Monaco this summer, and has been identified as a further option to fill the Benteke void up front.
The Blackburn Rovers striker bagged 22 goals last season and Villa are reportedly willing to offer players on loan to secure a deal.
The 22-year old has also been linked with Tottenham, Liverpool and Bournemouth but it appears Villa lead the chase and could make the promising Frenchman their fourth Ligue 1 signing this summer.
The 31-year old has been a mainstay for the Magpies over recent seasons but no longer appears part of Steve McClaren’s plans and Villa now look set to do battle with Leeds United for his signature.