Birmingham agree deals for Kenny Miller and David Bentley
Birmingham have agreed a deal to sign Tottenham winger David Bentley on loan for the rest of the season and have also had an offer accepted for Rangers striker Kenny Miller.
Bentley is to undergo a medical during the weekend before completing a temporary move to St Andrew's. The former Blackburn player has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane and is desperate to resurrect his career.
Blues, meanwhile, are set to pay an initial fee of £600,000 for Miller, who is out of contract in the summer.
Bentley began his career with Arsenal and then moved to Blackburn after an initial loan spell.
Spurs splashed out £15million to sign Bentley in the summer 0f 2008 but he has found his first-team opportunities with the North London club increasingly limited.
The Peterborough-born player, 26, has so far won seven senior England caps and would be a ready-made replacement if Sebastian Larsson, who is out of contract in the summer, decides to leave Birmingham.
Newcastle are interested in signing the Sweden international.
Birmingham will splash out an initial fee in excess of £600,000 for Miller but this could eventually rise to £1.1million.
If the deal goes through, Miller will be reunited with Birmingham manager Alex McLeish whom he played under when the latter was Scotland boss.
McLeish has made no secret of his desire to bring in a proven goalscorer during the January transfer window and Blues have also made a bid for out-of-favour Tottenham striker Robbie Keane in the last few days.
Miller, 31, had previously played south of the border for Wolves and Derby and has been a consistent scorer throughout his career.
He rejoined Rangers from the Rams for a second spell during the summer of 2008.
Miller, who has also had spells with Hibernian and Celtic, has won more than 50 international caps during the past decade.
McLeish is aware his side have to start being more clinical in front of goal, with midfielder Craig Gardner their leading scorer this season with just five goals.
If McLeish gets his man, Miller could make his debut in the derby clash with Aston Villa at St. Andrew's in nine days time.
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