Christian Benteke wants Spurs to step up their pursuit of him - because he doesn't want to go back to Aston Villa this week.

Belgium striker Benteke, who smashed 23 goals to save Villa from relegation last term in his debut season of English football, slapped in a transfer request last week.

And the marksman is determined to move to the White Hart Lane club - where he has been promised a regular start by the Europa League-bound Londoners in a World Cup year.

Benteke is due back at Villa on Thursday after being omitted from their pre-season tour to Germany following crunch talks with boss Paul Lambert.

The forward is currently back home in Belgium and is anxious for Tottenham to table an offer soon.

Spurs are set to make an opening £20million bid, but the Villans are holding out for £25m.

Benteke will reluctantly return to the Midlands if necessary, as he doesn't want to be fined and lose any of his £20,000-a-week salary.

He is also mindful he needs to get in shape ahead of the new Premier League campaign, regardless of who he ends up playing for.

But the star and his agent are hopeful the two clubs can agree a fee this week to avoid him having to return to the Midlands.

If no compromise can be reached, Benteke - who went on strike at his then-club Genk last August to force through an £8m move to Villa.- may take more drastic action.