Newcastle Linked With Darren Bent – But Is He Too Expensive?


Skybet has installed Newcastle United as 9/4 favorites to sign 28 year-old Darren Bent – the former Sunderland striker – who Bobby Robson tried to sign back when we got Darren Ambrose in from Ipswich in 2003.

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Darren Bent – Newcastle favorites to sign him

But one problem, with the proposed deal could be the fee, since Darren bent showed himself to be a mercenary when he left Sunderland two years ago for a fee said to be £18M, and potentially rising to £24M, based on appearances.

And that appearance money could be why new manager Paul Lambert has shunned the England International at Villa Park, and he has 15 appearances with four goals for Villa this season.

And it was a sordid affair when Darren basically walked out on Sunderland and called them from Villa Park saying he wanted a move and apparently the wages he got were enormous.

Then Sunderland manager Steve Bruce blasted the player for being a mercenary and so greedy and selfish.

But surely the fee would be too much for Newcastle, although the fact he is a mercenary would probably not be factor, given our Premier League status could be at stake, and if the lad can come in and get us some goals – we’re not that daft on principle.

But maybe Newcastle could get a loan deal for the player through the end of the season, and then base don his performance we could always try to sign him in the summer – but the fee would have top be a lot less than the £18M or more, he was signed for.

At Sunderland he scored 36 goals in 63 appearances and at Villa he has 23 goals in 56 appearances, and he is one of those strikers who can always score goals if he gets the chances – sounds exactly like the type of player Newcastle need.

And Alan pardew managed him while he was at Charlton form 2006 – 2007, and he scored 15 goals in 35 appearances for Charlton – who were relegated from the Premier League that season when they finished second bottom on 34 points and he was sold to Spurs for £16.5M

Some Newcastle fans will be turned off by what he has done in the past and yes, he’s a mercenary alright, but we’d take him – because he can certainly help save Newcastle from the drop.

We’re being very pragmatic, and not too principled on this.

What do you think?

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41 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a maybe. A last resort if we cannot get a striker by the end of the window. Wont pay more then 7m for him.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Re-post

    Landrupp wont come unless MA offers him a insane wage packet.
    Blanc has a better chance of coming becoz of the french connection.
    I think a Italian, German or spanish coach will get us playing better football

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  • Jakenufc

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Wouldnt mind him. Would prefer gomis or gouffran though.

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  • reccerobbo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Not the type of striker we are looking for we need a player like Gary hooper some one who will work well with cisse

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #5

    No way for bent … I am a geodie exiled to brum and this boy is a joke

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #6

    We need centre half and belfodi from lyon

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  • check the toastie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #7

    darren bent is shit, know a few Villa fans and they hate him, laziest self trimmer at their club, they are glad to get shot.

    We wont sign him though, as our recruitment policy is spot on. Barring a little stingy on wages.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #8

    cmon..29, high wages, expensive..didnt have a decent game in a while now..

    perhaps on loan till the end of the season…but should be our last resort..

    if we sign him pardew will use his defensive tactics even more..

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Pards 1/2 fav … I would drive for free and pic up Blanc

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  • Shiremagpies

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #10

    wasn’t he knobbing bruces daughter aswell??? no point to this but just thought id raise it.

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  • Neil

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #11

    I heard this one earlier this week. Just can’t see it really. Then again I didn’t see the second half against Reading coming! I guess anything is possible with our club. To go from playing ok to utter rubbish is beyond me. Pardew lost the fans for the first time on Saturday.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #12

    ian toon

    please explain to me why such a great man manager , a great motivator, can never get his team to win from a losing position,,

    i have watched reading do it 2 times this week,,,

    in over 2years now that has not been done,, where is the motivation ?

    can you tell me why we carnt score from corners? it must be well over 300 corners now

    are you a fan of football? nufc or pardew

    if you had kids, and every day you sent him to school and he was getting bullied,, would you do something or just let it happen

    in yesterdays game, would you have made a defensive sub first? would you even have brought marv at all?

    just because you can make 3 subs dosnt mean you have to,,,

    this isnt the first time he has made defensive subs first, infact, he does most of the time

    he made a statement to colo, we are both winners,, tell me how he is a winner if he gives up in nearly every match, it get to a point and he shuts up shop

    ars and man u have you seen how many goals they have scored in the last 10 mins of games,, then check it aginst us,,

    the man is a total loser,, and he is taking a whole city down with him

    ppl like you want to spare him cos he might come good

    i dont think your right in the head

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  • RooneyToons

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    No thanks

    And us being favourites doesn’t mean a thing….
    We’re the most obvious team that needs a striker and is actively seeking one (hopefully) and he is the highest profile one in England not getting a game

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #14

    We are the only club on earth than can implode so spectactulary oh to be a geordie ,, if it was easy then it would be boring

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #15

    repost:

    remember69

    as proved so many times we dont need our strongers 11 to win..or at least play good football..good manager doesnt need strongest 11 to try to outwit the opponent.. problem is cos hes not a winner..hes a coward..thats why he always starts or changes our style to hoof ball football..”just kick it as far away from our half & cisse might score a wondergoal & ill lift my arm like a winner”..

    we have really good players..who should be where everton is.. but pardew just seeks for excusses.. its cold, my players are not good enough, youngsters are not good enough, cabaye is missing, etc..this guy never takes the blame..he did yesterday, but after fans booed him.. he always says how no player is bigger then the club, yet he accomodated everything to ba.. played striker as a winger, jonas always ahead of marveaux, always closing down, 1 dimensional & always plays shola & has sammy on the bench..why? he says youngers dont have the right attitude, but then has ranger & sammy who is the laziest player, we ran the show yea\sterday & he took our whole midfield off for hoof ball..like hes trying to sabotage us.. either that or hes a complete idiot with an iq of 41..

    its fair to say that pardew shouldnt be a manager of any club..let alone nufc.

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Am im watching this ripper street and eyeing every web site on earth for nufc gossip mynlife needs a pep talk lol

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Rippr streetvshipmbut desperados going down well

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #18

    For fgucks sake bring some players in ash before i loose sanity

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I just don’t think you understand

    We Are in the shit
    Bent is a proven goalscorer in the premier league he is not a gamble
    Like all the other likely lads from Europe
    He would score 12 goals and that would keep us in the league
    If we can get him magic

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    mark douglas said that we are definitely not interested in bent on twitter. I also stated the other day i know a lad who works in a bar in birmingham and he said bent is in there all of the time. Seems he has lost hunger to do well.

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I hate pardew

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Theres only one alan sherar …. Get to 10. Games to go so we can get relegared

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  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d have him for the right price. Plus, isn’t he bucking Brucey’s daughter or something?

    Heard yesterday that Pards was supposed to be meeting with the board today. Any idea if there was any truth to that and, if so, what it was about? Supposedly it was reported on SSN?

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #24

    I hate pards , stone etc

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #25

    No news on that … He neds players and ash to go get them

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Of all mackem’s players from last years I rate only Bent and Johnson… I like this guy but he should be a backup plan… not plan A.

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Neds experienced frnchman or we willmloose all of the lads

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  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #28

    @spitfire: No love for Mignolet?

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Desperados kicking in

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Love for blanc

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  • hotdog

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Been trying to say this for a while now. It’s all gonna be too late. Incompetence of the highest order!

    http://www.themag.co.uk/tyne-talk/when-nightmares-come-true/

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Thump

    Nope.

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  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Fair enough. I’ve always thought he was a canny keeper tbh. Never liked watching him save goals, mind 😉

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  • blew

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #34

    What is the source of this rubbish?
    Skybet making it up, they cant lose. Gamblers/fans having a flutter on a non-starter.

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  • jayjo

    Jan 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Pards wont be sacked 3 players in keep the face

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Thump

    I don’t say that he is bad… I just watch him only in Tyne-Wear derby… I liked Bent and Johnson before goes to scumbags.

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Never gonna happen.

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  • Roppa

    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Last December I completed the Evening Chronicle Toon Survey, and I voted that I was content with AP – but I expected to see the results improve. Subsequent results have served to indicate that I, along with many others who completed the survey, were overly optimistic, and now my vote is of ‘no confidence’. My conclusion is not an emotional one, but is based upon the following facts:

    Alan Pardew’s PML Managerial Stats:
    Played W D L GF GA Pts Win %
    156 55 38 63 198 229 203 35

    Alan Pardew’s NUFC Stats
    Played W D L GF GA Pts Win %
    99 36 27 36 36

    Furthermore:
    In AP’s 99 games, NUFC have never come from behind to win a game
    It is 67 games since NUFC scored from a corner kick
    Only 1 NUFC goal has been scored from 260 corners.
    This season is NUFC’s worst ever run in the EPL
    Coincidentally, AP managed West Ham during their worst run in 90 years & was sacked
    NUFC is the only EPL team not to have an away win this season
    Irrespective of the circumstances, the above stats should be ignored at our peril. Continued stability is all well & good, but there must be strong & positive leadership. Based upon the facts, AP is not sufficiently competent to save us, never mind take us to the next level. We need to act now, before it’s too late.

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  • remember69

    Jan 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Reported response (to Nightfalll’s repost 🙂 )

    Nightfall,
    True you may not need your best 11, but the team you have out there need to fit, up to game speed and have the confidence to do the job. We all know the squad is not deep enough to cope with multiple injuries etc, and players are still,working their way back from injury (how long did it take Marveaux?)
    One the Everton front, I feel they too would struggle if they lost their entire midfield as we did for a period.
    I still get back to the fact that this is the same team we basically has last season, and if all are fit I would argue stronger once they are fit (other than Ba which was out of AP hands). Marveaux, Santon & Bigi have all played well this season, it’s now a matter of getting a players back to 100%, get some depth/competition for places and instill some confidence in the team. We, as supporters can at least help with that last bit.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #40

    1) We got only one good striker – Cisse
    2) Ameobi is a backup player, he is at the END of his career and his role is as an impact sub
    3) Heard lots of thing about Adam Campbell but AP seem not to keen on playing him. might not be as good as ppl said
    4) Ranger – AP said Ranger won’t play anymore for the team but he prefer to play ranger than a youngster (campbell)

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