Toon keen on Bentley - Report

Published Jan. 6, 2011 6:15 p.m. ET

Spurs gaffer Harry Redknapp has stated that Bentley is desperate for first-team football and a move away in the January window is on the cards. There has been no shortage of interest with the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham, Fulham and former club Blackburn all hoping to land his signature. But Newcastle, who have also enquired about Bentley's team-mate Robbie Keane, are now making a real effort to try and lure the winger to the North-East. It is believed Bentley would rather stay closer to his southern roots, but he has played in the north before and could yet be tempted to move again. Tottenham have insisted that they will only allow Bentley, like Keane, to leave on a permanent basis but it remains to be seen if any club will meet their demands. "We've made a few enquiries and are talking to one particular club trying to get a deal done before the weekend," Pardew told the Shields Gazette. "It think that'll be quite important now." Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote are doubtful for the weekend after going off injured during Wednesday night's 5-0 thumping of West Ham. They join top scorer Andy Carroll in the treatment room but Pardew again insisted that their prized asset is not for sale amid interest from Spurs. "We have given the answer to anyone who has contacted us that he's not for sale - it's as simple as that," added the Newcastle manager. "I can't say strongly enough that Andy Carroll will not leave in this window, 100 per cent."