Reports in The People yesterday suggested Merseyside was the likely destination, with Everton renewing the interest they had shown two years previously and Liverpool also surveying the situation should Yossi Benayoun leave the club.
However, it now appears Martin O’Neill has emerged the most eager to bag Bentley in an attempt to strengthen and equip his side for a Top Four assault; thus the three-way pursuit currently finds Villa thrusting themselves to the front of the pack.
Bentley will be looking to revitalize a relatively stagnating career following his £15 million move to Whit Hart Lane in 2008. Although given a sporadic spell in the side during the latter half of the season, his time at Spurs has seen him overshadowed by Lennon, embroiled in boozy misdemeanours and his buttocks often clenched tightly to the bench. Hence, Bentley is not the same prospect he once was and, with Redknapp wanting to recoup much of the £15 million outlay, is a gamble; one which could seemingly prove too much for both Everton and Liverpool.
Nevertheless, still only 25 years old, when utilized Bentley can possess flair and finesse, be employed across the midfield and evoke the kind of performances demonstrated at Blackburn.
With the correct application and setting he could flower. It currently seems like Villa Park is the most likely soil for the bud to blossom.
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