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David Bentley & Karim Rekik Join Blackburn Rovers On Loan

Premier League duo completed temporary moves to Ewood Park.

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Tottenham winger David Bentley and Manchester City defender Karim Rekik have joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season.

Bentley enjoyed the best part of his career at Blackburn between 2005 and 2008, a period in which he helped the club qualify for the then-named UEFA Cup before securing a then club record £17million move to Tottenham.

The 28-year-old England international has been out of favour for more than two years and has had loan spells at West Ham, Birmingham City and Russian outfit Rostov, who he was with earlier in the season.

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton has also brought in 18-year-old defender Rekik from Manchester City to offer more options in defence as he looks to steer the club away from danger in the Premier League.

Despite Manchester City still being in the FA Cup themselves, they have granted Rekik permission to make his debut for Blackburn against Everton in the fifth round clash this weekend.

Manager Appleton is familiar with Rekik, who can play at left-back or as a central defender, having also signed him on loan last season when in charge of Portsmouth. The Dutch youth international played eight times for Portsmouth.

Rekik, who moved to the Etihad Stadium from the Feyenoord youth academy, has made three appearances in the City first-team – one of which came in the Premier League as a substitute.


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