13 January 2011

David Bentley completes loan move to Birmingham

Birmingham have announced the signing of Tottenham midfielder David Bentley on loan until the end of the season. The Blues, who lost their Carling Cup semi-final first leg at West Ham on Tuesday night, had been linked with the wide-man for several weeks. Newcastle and Sunderland were also interested in seven-time England international Bentley, but he will spend the remainder of the campaign at St Andrews. The 26-year-old will hope that the move breathes life into his career, which has stalled at Tottenham after just three appearances this season.

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Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said: "We're delighted to have David's services. He is a classy footballer and will enhance the quality of the squad. He is a natural footballer capable of top delivery at set-pieces. With the likes of him, (Alexander) Hleb and (Sebastian) Larsson, who has had a great season consistency-wise, we have creative players. Bentley can provide more competition.

"He has had his moments at Spurs, but there is fierce competition for places there. They have a glut of superstars at Spurs. With the introduction of people like (Rafael) van der Vaart, players of that ilk, and the rise of (Aaron) Lennon, it has become very difficult for him. The quality is amazing and maybe he can get his career back on track here."

Bentley cost Spurs a reported £15million when he arrived from Blackburn in 2008 and he has made just 42 appearances since that time. He could now make his debut for McLeish's Birmingham in Sunday's Second City derby against Aston Villa, which can be seen live on Sky Sports HD1 at 12.00.

A statement on Birmingham's official website read: "Blues have secured the services of Spurs and England winger David Bentley on loan until the end of the season. Subject to his registration being accepted by the Football Association and Premier League, Bentley will be available for selection in Sunday's fixture at home to Aston Villa."

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