Last Updated: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:59
Christian Benteke is reportedly looking to depart Aston Villa this week to avoid returning for pre-season training on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Belgium international rocked the club just over a week ago when he handed in a transfer request after just one season at Villa Park in which he bagged an impressive 23 goals.
Benteke was signed in a £7million deal from Genk 12 months ago and Villa are now looking to bring in around £25million before they will consider allowing him to depart for pastures new.
Spurs remain the favourites to sign the player who is thought to be keen to join a club who can challenge for a top-four Premier League place next season.
And with Benteke due back at Villa's training ground on Thursday, he is hoping a deal will be concluded before then to avoid him having to face his team-mates and boss Paul Lambert.
Villa will be mindful that Benteke threatened to go on strike to secure a move from Genk and will not want that situation to materialise this summer, while the player will want to start work on his fitness to ensure he is fully fit for the start of the new season in a month's time. Therefore it will be best for all parties concerned if a transfer can be concluded as quickly as possible.
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