Harry & Sparky look to complete player exchange before today’s transfer deadline.
Sky Sports sources understand Manchester City are in talks with Tottenham regarding a deal for David Bentley. (Sky Sports)
Manchester City & Tottenham To Swap Martin Petrov & David Bentley
Spurs are eager to draft in a left-winger following the recent injury to their star playmaker, Luka Modric, and have jumped at the chance to offload Bentley in the process.
The England midfielder has endured a torrid time since his £15 million move to White Hart Lane last summer, having been comprehensively displaced by Aaron Lennon at both club and international level.
Man City are willing to make that happen, as manager Mark Hughes is apparently confident of bringing Bentley back up to the levels he displayed when the pair were at Blackburn Rovers.
‘Sparky’ also has no qualms about offering up Petrov, as the Bulgarian is now little more than a squad player following a summer of heavy spending by the Sky Blues.
It is understood that great progress was made in negotiations on Monday night, and that all parties are eager for the deal to go through before today’s 5:00pm deadline.
The only concern at present is the financial side of the agreement, for Spurs rate Bentley at £12m while 30-year-old Petrov, in the last year of his City contract, is valued at around £3.5m.
Meanwhile, Tottenham will continue their chase for Portsmouth prompter Niko Kranjcar. A cut-price £2m deal is reportedly close to completion. (Goal.com)
It appears that many sources believe this deal is set to go through before the 5pm deadline. Its a deal that suits all parties. Martin Petrov is nothing more than a bit part part player at Eastlands and it’s clear that David Bentley is not part of Harry Redknapp’s long term plans so all that is left to agree is the difference between the two players.
The source above seems to value the England man as worth £8.5m more than the Bulgarian and that figure may cause consternation at Man City. Obviously the White Hart Lane outfit paid a hefty chunk of change for the former Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal man but I am not sure that will really be something that Mark Hughes wants to foot the bill for but then the club hardly has cash concerns so may just want to seal the deal as soon as possible.
Martin Petrov is a nippy winger who has of course been linked with a move to the north London club before and whilst he may well act as a good left wing replacement for Luka Modric he could also have a bigger part to play if Redknapp decides to push the skillful Croatian into the centre of midfield.