Spurs outcast offered Hammers lifeline

DAVID Bentley has been offered a Premier League lifeline by struggling West Ham. (Daily Mirror)New Hammers owners David Gold and David Sullivan have made an enquiry about taking the Tottenham outcast on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

DAVID Bentley has been offered a Premier League lifeline by struggling West Ham. (Daily Mirror)

New Hammers owners David Gold and David Sullivan have made an enquiry about taking the Tottenham outcast on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who knocked back attempts by Everton and Manchester City to sign him on loan last summer, is desperate to recoup all of his �15million outlay.

However, Levy has struggled to drum up a deal for Bentley in the January transfer window as Sunderland, Aston Villa and Everton have all shown an interest, but none of them want to meet Tottenham's price.

Bentley has made the Tottenham bench only once - when he was an unused sub against Hull - since a training ground bust-up with Harry Redknapp following a behind-closed-doors friendly with Grays last month.

The fall-out was so bad that Redknapp no longer sees Bentley in his first team plans.

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That has prompted Levy to reconsider his stance in the hope that a loan deal will allow the England international to rebuild his reputation and then clinch a permanent move.

Several clubs - also including Villa and Sunderland - have been sounded out and West Ham are very keen as they try to rebuild their squad.

The Hammers now have the finance to bankroll a move for Bentley and meet his �50,000-a-week wages.

They have been discussing a fee of �7m, which is not even half what Spurs want, but Levy may be prepared to cross that bridge in the summer.

Levy is determined to get players off the books before funding any new signings with Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton also available.

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