Benteke strike reports denied

Benteke’s representative, Eris Kismet, revealed the “dream” of

the 21-year-old is to play in the Premier League, but Genk have

turned down what Kismet describes as “a very good bid” for the

Belgium international.

“It is not true to say he (Benteke) has gone on strike – but he

is not happy with the situation either,” Kismet said.

“Very simply, he wants to go and play in England, in the Premier

League. That is his dream.

“You play football to make an impression so you can live your

dream and when the football club is not being co-operative, you

have got a problem.

“Aston Villa have made a very good bid and it has been refused.

Will they make a new bid? The big issue is how Genk behave.

“It is the dream of every player to play in the Premier

League.”

Benteke has been watched on several occasions by Villa and

Lambert has stepped up his interest, and hopes to conclude a deal

before the transfer window shuts on Friday.

The player has netted three times in five games this season

after being on target 18 times during the 2011-12 campaign in all

competitions.

He also scored for his country for the first time in the 4-2 win

over Holland earlier this month in what was his fifth

appearance.

Villa are also believed to be interested in another striker in

Ivory Coast international Yannick Sagbo, who is currently on loan

to French top flight side Evian from Ligue 2 Monaco.