The Mail is reporting today that David Bentley is set for a move to Newcastle.
David Bentley – Newcastle in for this right winger
That comes on the heels of the news in the last couple of days that Tottenham want to sign David Beckham on loan through then end of March, at which time he will need to report back for training with MLS club, the LA Galaxy.
And it appears that new Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is a big fan of Bentley, who is now 26, and whose career has gone sadly wrong at Tottenham, after the English International made an excellent start at Blackburn Rovers, after initially beginning his career in London at Arsenal.
Pardew believes that the Peterborough-born right winger has the crossing ability that would be a great supply for big Andy Carroll, the new star of English football.
Newcastle were initially said to be after Spur’s Robbie Keane on loan, and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has also said that Croatian star, Niko Kranjcar, is also available to leave the North London club in January.
But if this is a straight buy, Newcastle will pay nowhere near the £15M Spurs paid Blackburn Rovers for Bentley four years ago, and indeed David is probably not worth more than around £3M to £4M in the current transfer market, based on his form and appearances in the last couple of seasons.
And it would seem like a loan move through the end of the season would be the best bet, so the Tyneside club could then gauge the form of the former England International.
It seems to us any one or even two from David Bentley, Robbie Keane and Niko Krancjar would improve the Newcastle squad, so maybe two on loan, and signing French star Ben Arfa full time, would be very good business by Newcastle this month.
Bentley has played only 56 times with 6 goals for Spurs in four years, and played 132 times for Blackburn with 20 goals.
Bentley played on loan at Norwich in 2004-2005 with 28 appearances and two goals and played 9 times in total, for Arsenal, with one goal.
He has played just 7 times for England, and certainly needs a move somewhere to regenerate and reinvigorate his career.
Of course we have no idea if this report in the Mail is accurate – but it would appear there are three good players available at Tottenham.