Birmingham capture Bentley on loan
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Birmingham City have signed David Bentley on loan from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season, it was announced today.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal midfielder joined Spurs in July 2008 for a fee of £15million but has since failed to nail down a regular place with the London high-fliers.

Bentley, 26, underwent a medical at Birmingham earlier this week and has now completed his move to the Midlands club.

Provided his registration is accepted by both the Premier League and the Football Association, Bentley will be available for the league derby match against Aston Villa at Birmingham's St Andrew's ground on Sunday.

It has become very difficult for him. The quality is amazing and maybe he can get his career back on track here.
Alex McLeish on David Bentley

"We're delighted to have David's services. He is a classy footballer and will enhance the quality of the squad," said City manager Alex McLeish, speaking on Birmingham's official website.

"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. 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 has won seven England caps, the last against the Czech Republic in August 2008. Birmingham are currently 15th in the Premier League, just a point above the relegation zone, while Spurs are fourth.