European sides Espanyol and Utrecht have winger David Bentley in their sights this summer following his release from Spurs at the end of his contract.
28-year-old Bentley was tipped for big things after leaving Arsenal to make a substantial impact at Blackburn Rovers. However, a move back to north London with Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 turned sour leading to several loan spells away from White Hart Lane, including a spell with Rostov in the Russian league last season.
Now the seven-times capped England international could be set for another adventure abroad, should he choose to shun reported interest from English clubs Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City.
Utrecht finished fifth in the Eredivisie last season and see Bentley as an important cog in the wheel for their hoped-for assault on the top-four places in Holland. Meanwhile, Espanyol settled for a mid-table slot in La Liga and want Bentley to become part of a concerted effort to reach the top half of the table this year.
It’s been a spectacular fall from grace for the player once touted as the heir to David Beckham’s throne for his country. But, perhaps Bentley can get back to somewhere approaching his best with a new challenge and regular starts in an unchartered foreign league.