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Lazio interested in £30m Benteke

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Interest in Christian Benteke continues to grow as Lazio and Juventus are reportedly keen on securing the services of the Aston Villa striker.

According to the Daily Mail, the Serie A giants are both interested in bringing Benteke to Italy but would have to pay a fee close to £30 million in order to match Villa's valuation.

The Belgian joined Villa from Genk in August 2012 and, following an impressive debut season in the Premier League, has attracted the attention of numerous clubs, including Chelsea and Tottenham.

Benteke shocked Villa by handing in a written transfer request during the summer, but was persuaded to stay and signed an improved four-year deal at Villa Park.

He scored four goals in five league games before injuring his hip during Villa's 1-0 win at Norwich in September, although Paul Lambert could be boosted by his return ahead of Tottenham's visit to Birmingham on Sunday.

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