Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert faces a losing battle to keep hold of Christian Benteke.

The Telegraph says Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and a growing number of top European clubs have taken notice of his impressive emergence this season and will consider bids for the Belgium international if Lambert fails to navigate a route to survival.

But even if relegation is avoided, Lambert will face a challenge to convince Benteke that there is something worth hanging around for.