Following the sale of Jermain Defoe – with the striker set to join up with Toronto FC in the MLS at the end of February – Tottenham are reported to be lining up a bid for Christian Benteke to fill the boots of the departing Englishman.
According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs are willing to offer cash plus players deal in a bid to capture the Belgian forward during the January transfer window.
Benteke made a huge impact on the Premier League last season scoring 19 league goals for the Villains whilst catching the eye of some of Europe’s top sides in the process.
Paul Lambert then endured a tough summer battling to keep his star man eventually succeeding in talking Benteke out of a transfer request and into a new four year deal at Villa Park.
However the big Belgian has suffered from a severe case of ‘second season syndrome’ this campaign with a loss of form and niggling injuries leading at one stage to a run of 12 games without a single league goal.
Tim Sherwood has made an encouraging start as interim head coach at White Hart Lane with one of his earliest success stories being his ability to get the best out of the undoubtedly talented but often inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor.
Adebayor has netted five times for a Spurs side high in spirits taking 16 points from a possible 21 in the league since the departure of Andre Villas Boas in December.
There is no doubt that Sherwood will be keen to add to his striking options following the sale of Jermaine Defoe, but with Adebayor in such good form surely it would be wiser to target a forward that could offer a different attacking dimension to the current squad rather than one so similar in style to the current focal point.
Spurs have not been afraid to splash the cash since the sale of Gareth Bale last summer but should they wish to tempt Aston Villa into selling Christian Benteke then they will no doubt be faced with inflated January prices.
A logical assessment renders the possibility of this transfer unlikely but the beautiful game is always full of surprises.