Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry's Ready to Unveil Petrov as Bentley Hits Road; Man City's Bulgarian Winger to Move to Spurs in Deal That Could See David Bentley Head North

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry's Ready to Unveil Petrov as Bentley Hits Road; Man City's Bulgarian Winger to Move to Spurs in Deal That Could See David Bentley Head North

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Byline: James Olley and Ben Hunt report

MARTIN PETROV is set to be unveiled as a Spurs player this afternoon after undergoing a medical at White Hart Lane. Manchester City's Bulgarian winger arrived in London last night ahead of a meeting with Tottenham officials as the two clubs thrashed out a deal which could see David Bentley move in the opposite direction before the close of the transfer window at 5pm.

It is thought City are keen on a loan deal for Bentley, 25, whose stock fell to its lowest point with manager Harry Redknapp after he was caught drinkdriving and banned for a year.

Bentley, who cost Tottenham [pounds sterling]15million from Blackburn last summer, is believed to be unhappy at a lack of firstteam football and would welcome the chance to revive his career with City.

Meanwhile, Petrov has been a longterm target for Spurs with former manager Martin Jol attempting to sign the 30-year-old before seeing the move blocked by then Sporting Director Damien Comolli.

Current manager Redknapp has turned his attention to Petrov, who made only nine Premier League appearances for City last season, after seeing Luka Modric pick up a broken fibula against Birmingham.

High-flying Spurs are bound to feel the loss of the Croatian international and Redknapp is determined to make sure their League position does not suffer while he is on the sidelines.

Redknapp has also been linked with a return to former club Portsmouth and a last-minute swoop for winger Niko Kranjcar.

Kranjcar, also a Croatian international, is expected to cost [pounds sterling]2.5m as he has less than a year to run on his contract at Fratton Park, and a player wellliked by Redknapp.

He said: "Modric is a great lad and so is the other boy, (Vedran) Corluka. I have found all the Croatia boys are like that, of the same type.

"They are lovely characters. …

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