The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle are interested in taking Darren Bent to Newcastle from Aston Villa.
Darren Bent – are Newcastle really after this striker?
Bent moved to Aston Villa from Sunderland in January of 2011, for a ridiculous initial price of £18M rising to £24M based on appearances – and no way was Bent ever worth that transfer fee.
Sunderland took the money – but were short of a striker for the rest of that season.
Paul Lambert hardly used the 29 year-old last season, especially in the second half, to maybe try to save Villa some money, and Darren played 23 times with 6 goals in all competitions for Villa, and he is now available for transfer this summer.
Any move for Darren will result in his £65K/week he earns at Villa being reduced, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are really interested in Bent.
Of course a link could be that Darren Bent had one of his best periods ever at Charlton when Alan Pardew was the manager, and he scored 31 goals in 68 appearances from 2005 through 2007, when Charlton were still in the Premier League.
We think Aston Villa selling Bent will be like Liverpool selling Andy Carroll, and both clubs will try to get as high a transfer fee as possible to recuperate the sky-high fees they paid for the two England strikers.
In his career Darren Bent has scored 179 goals in 426 appearances, and he has played 13 times for England with 4 goals.
It’s maybe not too surprising that Newcastle are being linked with Darren Bent, because he’s a decent striker and we need a good striker or two this summer, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle show any interest in him, unless we can get him at real knockdown price.
What do you think?
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