Former Arsenal starlet emerges as prime Liverpool target in January

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Spurs winger David Bentley.

The England international midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane under Harry Redknapp, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is ready to offer the player an 'escape route' out of the club.

Sportsvibe claim the former Fulham boss is ready to make an audacious £5 million move for the player, who began his senior career with Arsenal back in 2002.

After loan spells at Norwich and Blackburn, Bentley made a permanent move away from Arsenal to Ewood Park in 2006 before signing for Spurs in 2008. Now 26, Bentley has won seven caps for England after making his debut in 2007.

Liverpool boss Hodgson is thought to be in the market for attack-minded players in January, and has transfer money to spend at Anfield following the arrival of new owners NESV.

With just one Premier League start to his name so far this season, the former Arsenal youth starlet is thought to be interested in a move away, with Liverpool seemingly the best option available.

Fulham have also expressed an interest in the player, although it appears unclear as to whether they will challenge Liverpool for the player's signature.

Signed for £17 million, the sale would represent a large loss for the north London club. However, he's one of the top earners at the club and would free up wage room for Redknapp to make moves in January.

With Liverpool fighting to get back in contention in the Premier League, a move for the former Arsenal prodigy would appear to be a smart move and could re-energise the player and club respectively.

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