The People says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to shatter the club's wage structure but is prepared to make Bentley their highest-paid player in a bid to land one of the game's hottest properties.
Top earners at White Hart Lane include Robbie Keane, Ledley King and new signing Luka Modric on £60,000 a week, including bonuses.
And Spurs boss Juande Ramos knows he will have to pay that and more if they are to land Bentley from Blackburn in a deal worth £15million.
Spurs are ready to table a bid of £5m plus Aaron Lennon and Hossam Ghaly and believe their chances of signing him have improved following the departure of Rovers manager Mark Hughes to Manchester City.
Liverpool have already had a £12m offer rejected as Rovers hold out for their full asking price of £15m for a player with four years left on his contract. Bentley is believed to favour return to London, where he started his career with Arsenal.