Tottenham loan David Bentley to Blackburn Rovers

Out-of-favour midfielder eligible to play against former club Arsenal tomorrow

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Spurs midfielder David Bentley has re-joined former club Blackburn on loan until the end of the season.

Having moved in the opposite direction for £17 million in 2008, he has since fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane. Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has made it clear the 28-year-old midfielder is not part of his plans.

Bentley has spent the last two years on loan at West Ham, Birmingham and Russian side Rostov and has not played for Tottenham since November 2010.

Bentley joined the Lancashire club from Arsenal in 2005 and helped them qualify for the UEFA Cup the following season.

The winger went on to earn his first of seven England caps in 2007. He was hailed as the 'new David Beckham' and Spurs broke their transfer record to sign him.

Rovers have confirmed that Bentley is eligible to play in tomorrow's FA Cup clash against former club Arsenal.

He will wear the squad number 35.

Manchester City's Dutch teenager Karim Rekik has also moved to Blackburn on a short-term deal.

Rekik, 18, made his Premier League debut for City in December and has also joined Rovers until the end of the season.

He plays for the Netherlands Under-19 side and spent the end of last season on loan to Portsmouth.

"I'm happy to say that I'm going on loan to Blackburn Rovers and be part of the team," Rekik said on Twitter.