Villains prepare to splash Christian Benteke cash
Aston Villa have highlight Charlie Austin as a potential replacement for outgoing Christian Benteke.
The Belgium international is on the brink of joining Liverpool after they activated his release clause, which stands at a staggering £32.4million.
With the fee agreed, Benteke is set to undergo a medical in Merseyside over the next couple of days, and with the powerhouse all-but out of the door, following Fabian Delph, focus now turns to signings at Villa Park.
Benteke Out/Austin In?
According to reports, Tim Sherwood will be allowed to reinvest the Benteke money into the squad, and will start by signing a suitable replacement for the outgoing striker.
It’s believed Villa want to try and sign Queens Park Rangers‘ Austin in order to replace Benteke after the England international had a superb debut Premier League season last year.
Austin netted 18 goals for QPR but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the top-flight as they were relegated once again to the Championship.
After suffering relegation, it was made clear that Austin would be in line for a quick return to top-flight football, with several teams interested, but it looks like Villa could make a formal move.
Leicester City have already had a £12m bid turned down by The Rs, who want at least £15m, and it’s thought that Newcastle United, West Ham United, Southampton and Chelsea could all be plotting bids too.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt