Tottenham lead Benteke chase
Tottenham are odds-on favourites with Sky Bet to sign Christian Benteke after the Aston Villa striker submitted a transfer request.
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Arsenal and Chelsea are considered next in line to land the 22-year-old at 100/30, followed by Liverpool (12/1) and Borussia Dortmund (20/1).
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: "Tottenham have consistently been the best backed side in our market on Benteke's next club, which we opened at the end of the season with interest inevitable this summer given his impressive debut campaign in the Premier League.
"Our punters already seem to be looking at who Villa will turn to as Beneteke's replacement, with Bobby Zamora backed in from 10/1 to 2/1 to move to Villa Park."
Villa have reacted to Benteke's decision with disappointment and while they refused to dismiss the transfer request out of hand, they are hopeful of retaining his services for next season.
In a statement, the club said: "In response to reports that Christian Benteke has not travelled to Germany with the club and has made a transfer request, we can confirm that both are accurate.
"For clarity's sake, however, he had already been given extra time off until July 18 and was reminded that there are three years remaining on his contract, we consider him to be a Villa player and expect that he will be with us for the 2013-14 season.
"Having received his transfer request, we have also informed him that should we receive an offer within an appropriate timeframe during pre-season which meets our valuation we would act upon it. But he will remain a Villa player should this not happen."
Villa boss Paul Lambert expressed his dissatisfaction at Benteke's decision, but still has the 22-year-old very much in mind for next season.
"While we're hugely disappointed that Christian has put in a transfer request, it's important that people appreciate we are trying to build something strong and vibrant here at the club, something this club demands and stands for, and we want Christian to be part of that," he said.