The Guardian reports that Tottenham’s gaffer Juande Ramos wants to try his hand at some Premier League alchemy. He’s looking to swap half a packet of Prawn Cocktail crisps (Darren Bent), some used bog roll (Paul Robinson) and a handful of change for Blackburn’s gobby golden boy (David Bentley).
Having previously tried his luck with attempting to foist Aaron Lennon on Blackburn, Ramos has now raised the stakes by throwing in these two vagabonds. And if that doesn’t work, the Spurs boss is prepared to go nuclear and throw Big Tony “Bambi” Gardner into the mix; the footballing equivalent of trading in Anne Widdecombe for Pammy Anderson.
Tottenham have made their latest play for David Bentley by offering Blackburn Rovers money and an assortment of players, including the striker Darren Bent and goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Spurs previously approached Rovers with £7m plus the winger Aaron Lennon only to be rebuffed and are exploring alternatives involving players who are surplus to the requirements of the coach, Juande Ramos. As well as Bent and Robinson, Tottenham have indicated that Anthony Gardner, the central defender, could be used as a makeweight in any deal for Bentley, should Blackburn wish. (Guardian Online)
There is little doubt that Paul Ince will be pretty disgusted with the ragbag selection of players being offered to him in exchange for Bentley, but with the player himself declaring his desire to leave, it looks possible that Ramos will be able to get one of his major transfer targets and throw in some of his deadwood too.