Newcastle Offer £12M for Darren Bent

The People is reporting today that Dennis Wise is leading a £12M Newcastle bid for the available Tottenham striker Darren Bent.


Darren Bent – Newcastle target for £12M

Tottenham paid way over the top for Bent last summer, when they dished out £16.5M to Charlton for the player. And it’s interesting that Newcastle were interested in Bent during Bobby Robson’s reign at the club, when Bent was still at Bobby’s old club, Ipswich Town.

They signed Darren Ambrose at that time, in March, 2003, but also wanted Bent as part of the package. Bent apparently refused to sign while Ipswich were then in administration, because he didn’t think he’d play much for Newcastle, at that time.

We think Darren will want to join Newcastle, under manager Kevin Keegan, and the Tyneside club will be able to offer him regular first-team football he has not been able to get at White Hart Lane.

We think Darren bent would be an excellent signing for the club because he is a proven scorer in the Premier League, and those are the players Kevin Keegan wants to go after in the summer, so that the risk of getting a high priced failure is reduced.

The People are also reporting that Keegan has vetoed several of Dennis Wise’s suggested targets.

But the news is that he is keen on Darren Bent. If we can get Darren to Tyneside, our four strikers of Owen, Martins, Viduka and Bent will be awesome, with 19 year-old up and coming local lad, Andy Carroll, also pushing to play next season.

Darren played 126 times for Ipswich scoring 48 goals, and 68 games for Charlton in the Premier League, scoring 31 goals.

Bent has played just 22 times for Spurs this season with 7 goals, and played for the England Under-21 side 14 times (8 goals) and has so far got 3 full England caps.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

69 comments so far

  • carl

    May 4, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    hmmmm, not too sure on bent, theirs better?

  • toonarmy08

    May 4, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure about this ,not sure how he would fit in,with owen martins viduka and carrol ,not sure we need him.He not a bad player but feel 12mill is abit steep.I would pay 10mill tops.
    team 4 next season;
    lm-barton/vd vaart
    lf martins/gomis
    we would get top 6 with this squad i feel.

  • smc894

    May 4, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Why not, will be good to see ham faces when they realise they have paid 4.5 million for bent to play 22 games

  • Greg B

    May 4, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I would see Bent as a good replacement for Viduka, however 12 million is ludicrous and just shows the inflated price of English players.
    I think Bent would link well with either Owen or Martins, or both.

  • nick toon

    May 4, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    no thanks, we will probably only sign one striker this summer and if thats the case there is better options than bent, would rather see gomis myself

  • Leo

    May 4, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    well he can come up and teach me how to play badminton because apparntly thats his sport lol.

    he is strong quick and got a good shot on him, age is on his side so he will be a good signing

  • Marguerite

    May 4, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Way too expensive in my opinion.

  • Leo

    May 4, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    also someone said english talent is soo over priced, lets look at tottenhams recent signing, only 22 modric is and totally unproven in the premiership, and they pay 22.5mil pounds for him…

  • ADL

    May 4, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I really hope this info isn’t true!

    Buying Bent would be a terrible decision and would just be another one of Newcastle’s horrible signings.

    I think that if we manage to keep Owen and Martins we shouldn’t be splurging 12m on strikers but should be using that money for defence and midfield.

  • nick toon

    May 4, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    i dont even want us buying cast offs from the big 4 never mind buying cast off from spurs, get gomis instd

  • Pete

    May 4, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Everybody taking crazy pills today? I’m refusing to believe we’re bidding for Bent. He’s been a disaster for Tottenham, there’s a reason they’re trying to get rid of him. The price mentioned is ridicilous.

  • toonarmy08

    May 4, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Leo- thought they paid 15.5 4 modric???

  • dan

    May 4, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    go for Crouch instead…hugely underated player would link well with other strikers at the club. Viduka does nt have long left.

  • Eric

    May 4, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh no, no, no, no. Over-rated, over-priced. Who is taking over the asylum. Hope it is just paper talk.

  • toonarmy08

    May 4, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Dan-agreed ,i would rather have crouch,and would be cheaper.7-8mill tops.Just hope because we have a billionaire owner clubs dont hold us to ransom 4 players we go 4 ,12mill 4 bent is way over the top !!

  • Doctapaul

    May 4, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Get Oba and Owen to sign new contracts. And go for a target man to replace the ageing Viduka. As much as I rate him, I suspect Bent is not the right person. He is too similar to Oba.

  • KKK

    May 4, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Not a bad player but definitely over-priced at 12M. I think Gomis looks a better prospect.

  • nate dawg

    May 4, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    not sure about it, if we can get him for eight id be happy but not the type of player feel the club really needs , feel we need a drogba/shearer player dont even mind if the player doesnt get twenty a seasons cause owen and oba will sort us with that,

  • soccerfanbase

    May 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Darren could be a little more cheaper 6 million would be ok 8 million could be a waste…any soccer lover who will like to interact with other fans and dicuss any soccer related issues should check out Soccer fan base dot com it is free to join.

  • SurreyMag

    May 4, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Whilst I applaud new moves in the market (and I still rate Bent despite the fact that he seems to have “gone out of fashion”) I think we should also be tieing up out existing strikers Martins and Owen.

    Today reports suggest Keegan is unhappy at the delay in getting Owen on a new contract, and the NoW reports that Wenger has made Martins his no.1 priority. If we lose either of these guys it will be because of the procrastination of our Management Team. Perhaps Mort and Ashley should spend less time in the Casinos, and more time making the right decisions for our club.

  • Toon1978

    May 4, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Owen is keeping quiet about signing a new contract and Arsenal are interested in MARTINS again. Mort is taking way to long to get Owen signed and sealed seems like a total lack of knowledge of the game. The way OWEN is scoring goals ATM the big clubs will be sniffing once again. CMON get this sorted with Owen. As for BENT well its a no for me because i aint seen much of him if he aint good enough for SPURS he aint good enough for us. All we keep seeing of late is negativity, KK admiting “WE WILL NOT GET ALL PEBBLES ON THE BEECH” also “NOT SURE IF OWEN WILL STAY” and constantly beeing linked with the same players as ARSENAL knowing fine well we dont stand a chance of competing with them. Other clubs outside the big 4 cannot sniff at a decent player without the glutt of the big 4 being involved. FIRSTLY get OWEN tied up now, then GET TAYLORS contract sorted, THEN forget about looking at players the top 4 are looking at because it only ends up in tears and go for realistic targets.

  • Mick G

    May 4, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Unfortunately thats the price these days.I think he would be an ideal replacement for Viduka,and also he’s gettable.Some of the names mentioned on this blog are ridiculous and would never go to a club that isn’t playing in Europe,besides that it isn’t my money so I don’t care how much he costs .

  • Spyro

    May 4, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    is this some sort of sick joke!? 13mill for Bent!? F**K OFF! If this happens i will really start to get suspicious with this Newcastle Tottenham connection our Chairman has, why are we doing them favours by signing their crap?

  • Toon1978

    May 4, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    SPYRO Bent is a canny player but like i have said in the past if he ain’t good enough for SPURS then he ain’t good enough for us remember BENT has already knocked us back before so me personally would not go for him because of that. ASHTON would be a better idea, would be cheaper and IMO ASHTON is a better striker.

  • Hadrian

    May 4, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    what a load of shite .

  • Slam Dunc

    May 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Just to pick up on one of the points above, Tottenham paid £16.5 million for Modric but ‘rumour’ has it that to seal the deal early and see of Newcastle and others they had to pay £6 million ‘extras’ to Dinamo Zagreb making the total transfer £22.5 million.

    So yes, they probably need to off load Darren Bent to help fund their bid for David Villa.

    Though Berbatov is wanting to leave as well.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 4, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #27


  • ToonDaft

    May 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    why on Earth would we want a reject from a team one place above us in the league? LET’S BE HONEST, as silly as it may sound to those in support of Bent being a good player, he has not made the grade at a bigger team like Spurs. It must surely be the case the he is not showing enough quality in training? Spurs are obviously wanting to off-load him so surely we wouldn’t be suckered into this? Crouch would be a much better signing imo, and cheaper no doubt. Also, if we end up with Bent over Gomis it could be disaster as one looks to have a great future whilst bent, on a reported 90k p/ week seems to be one of the most overrated players in the Prem – 17 m and 90k p.wk – GIVE OVER!
    Anyway, rather than all of this crap about rumours I wish we would finalise some better news: the new contracts for Owen, Taylor and Martins – we seem to be taking too long over these, it is becoming worrying 🙁

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 4, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    What use do we have for Bent? I don’t see where he’d fit in to the team really.

  • Swanx

    May 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    You honestly think that he is going to get regular football up gere. I can’t see him getting in ahead of Owen or Martins, and I think keegan will only have 2 up front next season.

  • Callum

    May 4, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Darren played 126 times for Ipswich scoring 48 goals, and 68 games for Charlton in the Premier League, scoring 31 goals.

    I didnt realise his record is that good, thats almost 1 goal every 2 games 🙂

  • Ashton

    May 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Gomis is better

  • ToonDaft

    May 4, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33

    what’s his record at Spurs? aint so hot when there is competition

  • ToonIndonesia

    May 4, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d rather have Leroy Lita. He’s strong, speedy n skillful. He’s more like Bent, but a lot cheaper I suppose.. Considering Reading is dropping.

    Lita is Oba kind of player. Very fit in for traditional style football.. KK style.

  • ToonDaft

    May 4, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #35

    if we are indeed going to sign a striker, let us at least hold off until we can sign top draw quality, what is the point is signing potential squad players as KK has already said

  • ToonKing

    May 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #36

    i know i drank too much yesterday but pls somebody tell me this is just a bad dream……… Bent…..13 mil…….nightmare for sure.

  • Toon1978

    May 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Dean Ashton is a better option all together aswell as Crouch,or i know its a long shot Robbie Keane highly underated IMO and does not get the plaudits he deserves.

  • Faustino

    May 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh f**k this…. It’s the People for gods sake . However if it is true it’s a sad reflection of the club to go for a Spurs reject.

    But thinking about it 14mil for a player that at present wouldn’t get a start! Balls.

  • Newcastle United.

    May 4, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Please no.

  • Jim

    May 4, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #40



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