Alan Oliver, the former Evening Chronicle reporter for Newcastle. has a piece in the Sunday People today, that 29-year-old Darren bent could soon become a Newcastle player, but only if Newcastle can agree a reasonable fee and Darren takes a drop in wages.
Darren Bent – Newcastle still interested
It’s the same old story with Newcastle, and it would be a departure from our usual transfer policy if we end up signing the 29 year-old, so Newcastle want to make sure they get a decent deal (make that a very decent deal) from Aston Villa.
But on the other hand Villa paid anywhere from £18M to £24M for Bent a short 30 months ago, when he was signed from Sunderland in mid-season, so they will be wanting to recuperate as much of that money as possible.
Aston Villa want £6M for the England striker, which is already a sizable loss for them, but Newcastle will not offer that much for a player who was married yesterday to his fiancée Kirsty.
And Bent is getting a huge wage at Villa – said to be £75K a week – and Newcastle will not pay that money out to any player these days, with Coloccini being the top paid Newcastle player at around £65K/week.
Unless Aston Villa and the player lower their demands, this thing doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
And of course we’ve had these sagas before, with Newcastle haggling all last summer over a price for then top target Mathieu Debuchy, who eventually joined us in early January, but Newcastle paid the price for being so frugal last summer, and we just avoided relegation.
This move for Bent looks like it may be going nowhere.
What do you think?
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