David Bentley: Blackburn Rovers return for Tottenham winger

David Bentley has rejoined his former club Blackburn Rovers on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season.

Spurs signed the 28-year-old from Rovers for £15m in July 2008.

But Bentley has failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane and has had loan spells with Birmingham, West Ham and Russian club FC Rostov.

David Bentley

David Bentley
  • Born: 27 August, 1984 in Peterborough
  • Clubs: Arsenal, Norwich (loan), Blackburn, Tottenham, Birmingham (loan), West Ham (loan), FC Rostov (loan)
  • Blackburn: Joined Rovers, initially on loan, in 2005 and scored 20 goals in 133 appearances before joining Tottenham in 2008 for £15m
  • England: Seven senior caps between September 2007 and August 2008

Championship club Blackburn have also signed Manchester City's teenage defender Karim Rekik on loan for the remainder of the season.

Following the arrival of DJ Campbell and Lee Williamson on 8 February, manager Michael Appleton said Bentley was one of "six or seven" players he was looking into the possibility of signing.

Bentley, who began his career with Arsenal and is eligible to face his first club in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, enjoyed his best years at Ewood Park and won six of his seven senior England caps while with Rovers.

He played 133 times for Blackburn, scoring 20 goals, including a hat-trick in a famous victory against Manchester United in February 2006.

Bentley's form saw him then earn a move to Tottenham, but he found opportunities limited and has played just 62 times in his four-and-a-half year spell with Spurs.

His last outing for them came in November 2010.

Steve McClaren gave Bentley his England debut against Israel in September 2007 and he also featured under McClaren's successor, Fabio Capello, in the early months of his reign as England boss.