Villa close in on Benteke deal
Genk striker Christian Benteke has flown in to Birmingham ahead
of his proposed move to Aston Villa.
Villa are believed to be on the verge of finally agreeing a fee
for the 21-year-old who has been a major target in recent weeks for
Genk had previously rejected two bids from Villa for Benteke who
earlier in the week had revealed it was “his dream” to play in the
Lambert has watched the player in action on several occasions
and feels he is the right kind of forward to supplement Darren Bent
and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Benteke has netted three times in five games this season after
being on target 18 times during the 2011-12 campaign in all
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 cap.
Crewe skipper and midfielder Ashley Westwood could also be
moving to Villa before the transfer window with a fee close to
being thrashed out with the Gresty Road club.
If the two deals go through, it will take the number of summer
signings by Villa to eight.
Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery joined earlier in the day for
an undisclosed fee on a three year contract.
Defenders Ron Vlaar, Joe Bennett and Matt Lowton and midfield
duo Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi had previously linked up with