Spurs' Bentley hits the road for Birmingham
Published 18:26 12/01/11 By MirrorFootball
Birmingham have signed David Bentley on loan from Tottenham until the summer.
The former Blackburn and Arsenal midfielder joined Spurs in July 2008 for a fee of £15million, but has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane.
The 26-year-old underwent a medical at St Andrew's earlier this week and has now completed a deal to join Alex McLeish's side.
Subject to his registration being accepted by the Premier League and FA, Bentley will be available for Sunday's derby at home to Aston Villa.
Speaking on Birmingham's official website www.bcfc.com, 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, Hleb and 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 Tottenham. 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."
Speaking about the Bentley deal on Monday, McLeish said: "It will be good to sign him because he has got a bit of quality and class as a footballer.
"His delivery at set-pieces is excellent as well. He is a natural footballer."
Bentley has won seven caps for England, the last of those coming against the Czech Republic in August 2008.
He also has the honour of being the first Englishman to score at the new Wembley Stadium, netting for the Three Lions' Under-21s against Italy in March 2007.