Birmingham City have confirmed the loan signing of David Bentley. Manager Alex McLeish is reportedly delighted about the deal, telling the club’s official website, bcfc.com: “He is a natural footballer capable of top delivery at set-pieces. With the likes of him, Hleb and Larsson – who has had a great season consistency-wise – we have creative players. Bentley can provide more competition.”
Bentley has been unsettled at Tottenham for some time, and with players like Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon and Rafael van der Vaart for competition, has struggled to find a place in the spurs side of late.
Bentley is currently on loan until the end of the season, but it is unlikely he will remain a Tottenham player next season, and a permanent deal in the summer seems likely. Bentley is set to make his Birmingham debut in the derby against Aston Villa this weekend.
Spurs plans for Olympic Stadium.
Spurs are currently bidding, along with West Ham, to take over the Olympic stadium after them 2012 games in London.
Whilst West Ham want to keep the stadium intact and move in as it is, sharing with the athletics commission, whilst Tottenham want to knock down the stadium and build a new, purpose-built football ground in its place, and renovate Crystal Palace for Athletics.
According to the Daily Mail, many criticisms have been sent in the direction of Spurs relating to many points of their bid. Many consider the destruction of the stadium unacceptable, whilst other fans are simply unhappy at the club moving to Stratford.
It has also been suggested that their loan bid for David Beckham has been to increase their chance of acquiring the stadium, but these reports have been dismissed by the club.
Bale in Team GB set-back.
Spurs’ Welsh winger has repeatedly expressed an interest in playing for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics, yet the FAW (Football Association of Wales) still maintain their stance that they do not wish any Welsh player to play for Team GB, in fear of losing their individuality within FIFA, mirror football reports.
They are joined by the Scottish and Northern Irish FA’s, who also feel that participation in the Olympics could lead to FIFA pushing for a Great British national team, as opposed to the individual nations enjoying individual teams.
The FAW appear adamant that they will not change their minds, as chief executive John Ford has said: “Our position on this has not changed – and is unlikely to change. There is no drive for us to change our position.”