Tottenham are set to get serious and table an opening bid this week for Christian Benteke – as Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert prepares for life without the striker.

Benteke wants to play for Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane after slapping in a transfer request.

And Lambert is ­reluctantly resigned to selling the Belgium international.

But Villa are holding out for £25million and are eager for a quick deal to avoid disrupting their campaign.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy is trying to get Villa to reduce their valuation while Lambert is determined wantaway Benteke does not upset squad unity.

Villa have gone on a ­pre-season tour to Germany without their star hitman Benteke, who smashed 23 goals last season.

Benteke, 22, has been ordered to stay away from the club until Thursday.