Spurs took a point at Blackburn yesterday but could that point end up costing Mark Hughes a lot more? Apparently European football, or the lack of it, could lead three of Rovers top stars to consider their future and by taking points off their Lancashire opponents they could have also laid the way for a possible signing or three!
David Bentley, the England midfield player, Benni McCarthy, the South Africa striker, and Morten Gamst Pedersen, the Norway winger, are in talks over new contracts, but it remains to be seen whether they can be persuaded to stay in the longer term if there is no European football on offer next season. (The Times) and this has led to a number of clubs monitoring the situation at Ewood Park with a view to poaching any potential unhappy squad members, these include Newcastle, Spurs and Middlesbrough.
Talking of David Bentley, clearly he has a fan in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.
“I played a few games with him at Under-21 level, he’s a quality player, technically gifted with both feet and he works hard as well, so that’s the ideal combination, Technically he’s one of the best players in the league, he’s showed in the last few seasons that his delivery is one of the best as well and this season he’s chipping in with a few more goals and that can only help his international prospects.” (Spurs official website)
Whilst it’s true that all three might be an unlikely swoop, two of these stars have been said to be in the sights of Tottenham for some time. David Bentley and Morten Gamst Pedersen have been on the radar, according to the tabloids, for some time. And Benni McCarthy has also been linked with White Hart Lane in the past. Who of these three would Spurs fans welcome and who of these three would Blackburn absolutely hate to lose? I guess with the resurgence of ‘buy of the season’ Roque Santa Cruz, they could afford to let Benni go, but what about the two assist machines?