Spurs offer Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Livermore or Huddlestone to land Christian Benteke
Tottenham will offer Aston Villa a choice of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone, plus cash, as they battle for Christian Benteke.
Spurs are aiming to take the initiative in the race for the young Belgian striker by dangling one or more proven Premier League player in exchange, according to reports in The Sun.
However, Villa want £25m for the 22-year-old and are believed to prefer a cash-only deal, while Spurs value him at £20m and want to use their fringe players as makeweights in the transfer.
White Hart Lane is believed to be Benteke’s preferred destination, although a host of other Premier League clubs – most notably Chelsea – are interested in the former Genk man. He has not travelled to Villa’s pre-season training camp in Germany.
Even if the part-exchange deal fails, all four Spurs players are likely to be sold before the start of the new season.