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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Villa to try again for Benteke

Ian Edwards

Aston Villa are considering another move for Genk striker Christian Benteke after failing with a 5 million offer for the Belgium international.

• Villa to bolster with Benteke

Villa's opening bid for the 21-year-old - who is also believed to be interesting Fulham and Everton - has been rejected, according to the player's agent.

Eris Kismet said his client, who has just broken into the national team, has a strong desire to test himself in England but will only be allowed to leave if Genk's valuation is met.

Genk seem determined to hold out for a far larger fee because of comparisons between Benteke and new Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

"He's a Belgian player with half a good season behind him. Genk don't seem to want to collaborate," Kismet said.

"Christian has always said he wants to play in the Premier League. It's no use to compare him to Eden Hazard. He's not at that level, and far from it."

Villa manager Paul Lambert is eager to add more attacking options to his squad after losing his opening two Premier League fixtures against Everton and West Ham United.

Benteke has quickly earned himself a big reputation and is being tipped to be the next rising Belgian star to move to England.

He has scored three times in Genk's opening five games this season, and also scored on his international debut in Belgium's 4-2 defeat of Netherlands.

Kismet played down claims that his player, who scored 16 goals last season, had gone on strike after learning that Genk had turned down Villa's offer.

He said Benteke is ill but is expecting to feature in Genk's Europa League match with Lucerne on Thursday night.




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