The Express & Star says currently out of favour at Selhurst Park, it is understood Villa have been offered the chance to re-sign Benteke on loan. But his wages of £125,000-a-week are believed to be the stumbling block with Villa yet to respond to the offer.
Dean Smith, though, is desperate to land a striker with record signing Wesley having been ruled out for the rest of the season. Palace signed Cenk Tosun on loan from Everton earlier this month pushing Benteke further down the pecking order.
And with the price of players tending to drop the closer it gets to deadline day, Villa will be hoping there can be some negotiation when it comes to the wage percentage Palace are demanding for the player.