Bentley Leeds United move ‘isn’t right’ says McDermott

The Whites boss has dismissed the idea of signing the ex-Spurs midfielder

Leeds United will not be pursuing a move for out-of-contract star David Bentley, after manager Brian McDermott dismissed suggestions that the Yorkshire club were interested in the midfielder.

Speaking on the official Leeds website, McDermott explained that just because the move would represent an ‘easy deal’ did not mean the club needed the Arsenal academy graduate.

In particular the Whites manager was keen to point to the abundance of players with similar qualities at the club, naming El-Hadji Diouf and Ross McCormack specifically.

“I think David Bentley is a good player, but they're here and in that mould and the last thing you want to do is stockpile players in the same position. That isn't right,” he said.

McDermott was also weary of “signing a player for signing’s sake” with Leeds current priority being the pursuit of an additional, experienced striker on loan.

The manager previously spoke of the importance of the Yorkshire club improving its goalscoring efforts, after watching his side lose 2-1 at home to Burnley last weekend.

And one man believed to be on the radar at Elland Road is former fan favourite Luciano Becchio, who has struggled to establish himself in the Premier League since his big-money January move from Leeds to Norwich City.

David Bentley is meanwhile continuing his search for a new club after failing to make a significant impact at Tottenham, following a £17 million move from Blackburn Rovers in 2008.

Over the past few years, the 29-year-old has had loan spells with BirminghamCity, West Ham United and FC Rostov before returning to the Lancashire club Spurs first signed him from.

He is now without a contract after departing White Hart Lane and has been linked with moves to a series of Championship teams in the last few months.

Leeds United are in Capital One Cup action tonight with the Whites making the long trip north to face Newcastle United.

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