LITESPORT 38 Tuesday, 1 September 2009 London Lite PETROV ONLYCity star in, Bentley out and busy Spurs land Kranjcar MARTINPETROVwilljoinSpursbefore thetransferwindowclosesat5pm--pro- vidinghepassesamedicalatWhiteHart Lane today. The Manchester City winger flew to Londonlastnight,missingtrainingwith Bulgaria before their World Cup quali- fiers against Montenegro and Italy to complete his move, which could see David Bentley head north. City are keen on a loan deal for Bentley, 25, who cost Tottenham 15m from Blackburn last summer. Former Spurs bossMartinJolattempted to sign Petrov 30, but his efforts were blocked by theclubsnow-departed Sporting Director Damien Comolli. Luka Modrics bro- ken fibula makes Petrov a vital signing for Redknapp, who is on the verge of signing wingerNikoKranjcarfrom former club Portsmouth. Kranjcar passed his medical this morning pending a cut-price 2.5m deal as he has less than a year to run on his contract. The deal for Kranjcar will test new Portsmouth chairman Sulaiman Al Fahim, who has completed his takeover of the south coast club and claims to have funds available for investing in new players and retaining the current squad. Just as with the Petrov/Bentley deal, Kranjcars transfer could involve a player moving in the other direction -- Portsmouth are keen on signing Jamie OHara, 22, on a season-long loan deal. Pompey goalkeeper David Jamess move up the A3 has been blocked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. James, 39, missed Portsmouths defeat to Manchester City on Sunday with a bruised knee. He is believed to be keen on linking up with Redknapp again, while Tottenham need cover for injured goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Al Fahim said: We dont need to sell players. We would like David James to stay at the club. BY NEAL COLLINS Inbrief Ranieri in west London return CLAUDIO RANIERI is set for a return to west London as Roma boss when the Serie A side face Fulham in the Europa League next month. The former Chelsea boss is set to take charge of the Italian giants after Luciano Spalletti resigned this morning. Roma were soundly beaten 3-1 at home by Juventus at the weekend and lost 3-2 at Genoa on the opening day of the season. Ranieri, sacked by Juventus last season, is the favourite to succeed Spalletti. Collins closes on Villa switch WEST HAM defender James Collins is on the verge of joining Aston Villa after the clubs agreed a fee of around 5m. Collins arrived this morning at Villas Bodymoor Heath training ground to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms. He looks set to join Manchester City centre-back Richard Dunne in making the switch to Villa. Dunnes days at Eastlands appeared numbered after the arrival of Kolo Toure from Arsenal and Joleon Lescott from Everton. Watson heads to QPR on loan WIGAN midfielder Ben Watson has joined QPR on loan until the end of December. The 24-year-old was signed for 2m from Crystal Palace in January, but has found himself out in the cold this season under Roberto Martinez. Ben will prove to be a fantastic addition to the squad, said Rangers boss Jim Magilton. Meanwhile, Watsons former club Palace have completed the signing of free agent Claude Davis, who was released by Derby last season. City are keen on a loan deal for Tottenhamcostwho25,Bentley, lastBlackburnfrom15m SpursFormersummer. attemptedJolMartinboss hisbut30,Petrovsignto byblockedwereefforts makesfibulaken signingvitalaPetrov for Redknapp, who is on signingofvergethe fromKranjcarNikowinger former club Portsmouth. medicalhispassedKranjcar cut-priceapendingmorningthis clubcoastsouththeof fundshavetoclaimsand index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html