Tottenham Hotspur keen on signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in the summer

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Spurs have reportedly made Aston Villa hotshot Christian Benteke one of their top summer transfer targets.

The Belgian striker’s agent has alerted clubs by publicly stating his client’s readiness to move up to the ‘next level’ and Spurs are reported to be leading the queue to land the 22-year-old.

Benteke’s agent Eric Kismet told the Daily Mirror: "It is normal that if you go to a club and do well then other clubs will show an interest.

"Christian has shown that he can play in England so why not take the step up to the next level if the opportunity is there?

"At the end of the season, interested clubs will talk to Villa, but it has to be right for Villa, the buying club and Christian.

"If all three parties are agreeable, something could happen, but right now his focus is on Villa, helping them stay in the Premier League."

Benteke has been impressive in his debut season in the Premier League scoring 11 goals so far this campaign and Andre Villa-Boas is keen to boost his striking options.

Jermain Defoe’s injury and Emmanuel Adebayor’s indifferent league form has exposed Tottenham’s lack of depth up front and Benteke would certainly fit the bill.

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