Newcastle could very well be interested in Tottenham Hotspur’s Darren Bent, but certainly not for anywhere near the Â£16.5M Spurs paid Charlton for his services last June.
Darren Bent – Bobby Robson almost signed him in early 2003 – for peanuts
The deal has turned out to be a very poor one for Spurs, but a great one for Charlton Athletic, who were relegated last season, and certainly were happy to get that kind of money for their London born striker.
The fee paid by Spurs at the time was seen to be a little ridiculous, for a player who wasn’t even an England regular, and has only played for England 3 times. Spurs seemed to overpay for their new players last summer. Expectations were high this season, but after a poor start, manager Martin Jol was sacked after Newcastle beat them 3-1 in October.
Since then of course new manager Juande Ramos has made some fantastic buys in January, which should propel Spurs to bigger and better things. Ramos certainly looks the part at White Hart Lane, and Spurs are doing very well in the second half of the season.
West Ham United, Aston Villa and Newcastle are mentioned as possible suitors for Bent – the usual trio of teams who have money to spend because of our Billionaire owners. . But Newcastle will be mentioned with almost any good player that is even potentially available in the summer.
For those who remember, Sir Bobby Robson tried to get both Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent, from his former club Ipswich Town in early 2003, for a combined fee of Â£3M. At that time both players were in the England Under-21 side.
The offer was made to the East Anglian club’s administrators, Deloitte and Touche, who rejected the bid as “derisory and insulting.” Well we tried.
Ipswich were not too happy with the bid, to be sure, but we finally got Ambrose for Â£1M and Bent turned us down after a similar fee had been agreed between the clubs. As it turns out Bent has turned out to be the better player of the two. In January, 2003, both players were said to be worth around Â£4M each, although that seems high.
It turns out that Darren, when he does play for Spurs, has a fairly good goals record with 5 goals in 11 starts this season. But with Keane and Berbatov above him in the pecking order, he may not get too many starts, although Defoe was unloaded to Portsmouth in January, which may open things up for him.
However, Ramos may have somebody lined up in the summer to bring in and may want to move Darren on.
We have no idea if Darren Bent is on Kevin’s radar screen for the summer, but he isn’t worth anything north of Â£10M, if he’s worth even that.
If that means we stand no chance of getting him â€“ so be it.
That’s our view.
What do you think?
Opinions and comments awlats welcome – just keep them decent for the bairns.