There’s not much new news on the Darren Bent situation this evening, other than Newcastle will only do a transfer if they can get a good deal on both the transfer fee and his wages – but that kind of thing is par for the course these days for Newcastle with every new player.
Darren Bent in action against Southampton last September
But the Daily Mirror is reporting that Alan Pardew is winning his battle to get Mike Ashley to support him in bringing in an older and more experienced player.
The last time Mike agreed to bring in an older player – in 2010 with Sol Campbell – it was a similar situation with Chris Hughton having coached Sol when he was at Tottenham.
And we suppose Chris convinced Ashley to bring the former England center-back in on a free transfer and wages of £40K/week.
But it was simply a disaster, with Sol no longer good enough to play in the Premier League, and Newcastle became the last club he played for in what was a great career, and Chris was fired a short five months after signing Campbell.
It’s a similar situation with Alan Pardew and Darren Bent at the moment, with Pardew having coached Darren in the Premier League in Darren’s best spell ever, when in
79 appearances for Charlton Athletic he scored 37 goals, and then was sold to Spurs for £16.5M in June of 2007, after Charlton were relegated.
In the past Mike Ashley has backed Alan Pardew to the hilt, so it remains to be seen if Newcastle can bring in Darren Bent – and go against the policy of signing players 26 or younger – so their value will increase at Newcastle.
Bobby Robson tried to sign Bent at the same time we brought in another Darren – Darren Ambrose in 2003 from Ipswich – but Bent, who was also at Ipswich at the time, didn’t want to come north – because the 19 year-old didn’t think he would play enough games.
Darren is rated at £6M and we think if Newcastle can get a decent deal on the striker it may just happen – and let’s face it, he’s at least a proven Premier League goalscorer.
What do you think?
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