TOTTENHAM will this week lodge a £20m bid for Aston Villa's wantaway striker Christian Benteke.
Spurs can offer him Europa League action and, crucially, regular first-team football.
That will be a huge factor in any possible deal as Benteke wants minutes under his belt to be in the best possible shape ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Villa want £25m for Benteke, who netted 19 Premier League goals last season.
And the striker knows that if a big-money offer isn't on the table and Benteke sulks, boss Paul Lambert isn't afraid to freeze him out.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have both mulled over a move for the giant striker, with the Blues considering a Demba Ba plus cash swap move.
However, Benteke fears he wouldn't get the starts he needs at Stamford Bridge.“Lambert has a track record that shows, if you cross him, he will leave you on the bench”Stan Collymore
Spurs have already splashed out a club-record fee of £17m on Paulinho and money could prevent a possible deal for the Villa striker.
However, Andre Villas-Boas is understood to be trying to raise funds by selling Emmanuel Adebayor.
Collymore said: "There is a World Cup coming up next summer and Lambert has a track record that shows, if you cross him, he will leave you on the bench.
"Villa's financial outlay on Benteke isn't enough to stop Lambert saying, 'If you start messing us around we will be quite happy to leave you out'."
He told the Birmingham Mail: "We have not been given much information about why he is not joining us for pre-season, but apparently he has put in a transfer request.
"It is down to the club and player how they want to handle the situation.
"It is not something that I take much joy from even though it improves my chances.