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.
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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