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West Ham midfielder David Bentley out for six months

David Bentley
Bentley scored five goals in his 62 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur

Midfielder David Bentley has been ruled out for six months following an operation on his left knee.

The 27-year-old moved to West Ham from Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.

"It is a great shame for David as he had settled in well to the squad," Hammers boss Sam Allardyce told the official club website.

Bentley, who made five appearances for the Hammers, has now returned to Spurs for treatment.

Tottenham said: "David Bentley has undergone surgery to his left knee...[and]...is likely to be out for up to six months."

The former England international started two games for West Ham, with his other three outings coming off the bench.

He joined Spurs from Blackburn in a £15m deal in July 2008 but has struggled to make an impact and spent the second half of last season on loan at Birmingham, scoring once in 15 appearances.

He was unable to prevent Blues being relegated to the Championship and had been hoping to revive his career at West Ham.



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