Date: 12th July 2013 at 11:14pm
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It’s being reported that Spurs will open bidding for Christian Benteke next week, by offering £20million.

Now all that sounds plausible, clubs go in low to open negotiations and not overpay at the first opportunity, and I have no problem with that.

And I realise this first story here comes from the Daily Mail, and I’m even fine with that.

The bit, that late on a Friday night, that has me tittering is they claim that sources close to Benteke say he is willing to sign a 5 year deal with the London club should they either meet our valuation of the striker, or tempt us into doing a deal.

A four year contract clearly means nothing to the player or his agent, so why would Spurs believe they will be treated any differently with a five year contract, should Benteke go on to perform well next season for them, have a great World Cup, and then attract interest from a side he and his agent don’t believe he’s ready for yet…such as Chelsea.

Contracts and ‘good faith’ to quote my non friend Eris Kismet, don’t seem to apply, so would Spurs really want to hamstring themselves with a player that could…and we all doubt it, but anything is possible in football…be a one season wonder?

Yes plenty of clubs, like Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were looking at him, but there was a reason they didn’t bid.

So I now turn to more sensible news.

The same report suggests that Ciaran Clark and Ashley Westwood have both verbally agreed to sign new and improved contracts at Villa following their progress last season.

They suggest Westwood will smile at the improved pay offer, and put pen to paper on a new four year deal.

It is also suggested that Clark, who has a year remaining on his existing deal, will also sign on the dotted line and pledge his future like Nathan Baker and Andi Weimann have done recently.

The new contracts should be announced when we return from our tour of Germany.

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