Sunderland and Newcastle linked with wingers as Spurs rival Chelsea for £25m Villa striker Benteke

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CHELSEA are set to battle it out with Tottenham for the services of striker Christian Benteke, after the 22-year-old handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa.

The Villa Park club have slapped a £25m price tag on the 22-year-old Congo-born Belgian international, who scored 19 Premier League goals last season.

Benteke is said to favour a move to Spurs, but Villa feel they would get better value for the player if he was sold to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail

Elsewhere, Sunderland are doubling their efforts to sign Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini, 28, in a £8.6m deal. Full story: Daily Mail

Tom Ince, who has been linked with Newcastle United, is mulling over an £8m move to Cardiff City after meeting manager Malky Mackay, several days after personal terms and the fee were agreed for the 21-year-old Blackpool winger. Full story: Daily Mail

Napoli’s 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani, targeted by Chelsea, has almost completed a move to French champions Paris St-Germain. Full story: Daily Express

Sam Allardyce is set to renew West Ham’s interest in Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion, three years after previous Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola tried to buy the 26-year-old midfielder.

Full story: the Sun

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Manchester United winger Nani, 26, who fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson and has not received assurances over his future from new United boss David Moyes. Full story: Daily Mirror

New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told 30-year-old England defender Joleon Lescott that he is very much part of his plans at Etihad Stadium. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, could return to the Premier League despite being offered a new two-year deal at AC Milan. Full story: The Sun

Hull want to sign free agent forward Carlton Cole, 29, and Derby striker Connor Sammon, 26, after a move for Charlie Austin, 24, broke down. Full story: Daily Star

Wayne Rooney needs to feel loved at Manchester United if the 27-year-old England international remains at Old Trafford, according to former team-mate Michael Owen. Rooney asked for a transfer towards the end of last season. Full story: Talksport.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says he was approached about several other managerial positions during the summer but opted to remain at the Welsh club. Full story: Wales Online

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign Barcelona striker Gerard Deulofeu, 19, on loan. Full story: Daily Express