Villans line up Benteke bid

Benteke has been watched on several occasions by Villa, and

Lambert is now believed to be lining up a ?6million bid.

The 21-year-old Belgium international has netted three times in

five games this season after scoring 18 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 on what was his fifth cap.

Lambert has already signed the Feyenoord duo of central defender

Ron Vlaar and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi this summer.

Now he is hoping to purchase Benteke who has three years

remaining on his contract although sources close to Villa insist it

is “far from being a done deal”.

Former Standard Liege player Benteke has the physical presence

that Villa have lacked up front since Emile Heskey parted company

with the club at the end of last season.

Number one striker Darren Bent has often looked isolated in the

opening two Premier League matches with West Ham and Everton which

both ended in defeat.