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

Paul Lambert.

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

Premier League.

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