Birmingham bring in Bentley on loan

LONDON - Former England midfielder David Bentley has joined Birmingham City on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has struggled to get regular first team football since joining Spurs from Blackburn Rovers in July 2008.

"We're delighted to have David's services. He is a classy footballer and will enhance the quality of the squad," Birmingham manager Alex McLeish told the club website on Wednesday.

"He is a natural footballer capable of top delivery at set-pieces."

Birmingham, 15th in the Premier League, take on city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.