Aston Villa have told Darren Bent, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland that they will not be training with the first team, and also will not be part of their summer camp, presumably in an effort to get them to new clubs as quickly as possible, since all three are on very high wages at Villa, and were hardly used by manager Paul Lambert last season.
Darren Bent – price reduced to £6M according to reports
And news today that Aston Villa, surprised there has not been much interest for 29 year-old Darren Bent at his £8M asking price, are said to be willing to reduce the price by £2M – a 25% reduction.
While that’s getting closer to the amount Newcastle would probably be willing to pay for the England striker, it’s still too much, and Newcastle will have to hope Villa just want Bent off their wage bill.
Darren is said to be getting £75K/week, after what has turned to be a poor deal they reached with Sunderland in January two years ago, when they paid anywhere from £18 to £24M for the player.
We don’t think Newcastle will be willing to pay £6M, but maybe Newcastle can go in with an initial bid of say £3M, and see what Villa’s response is, and since the player has no future at the club, that weakens Villa’s negotiating position.
In our poll 62% think that Darren would be a good buy for £5M, but we think Newcastle want to pay less than that.
We’ll have to wait and see how the situation develops, and we would assume at a decent price and decent wages, Newcastle would be willing to take the experienced Bent as a second striker this summer.
But Newcastle also need to bring in a top striker, and since we lost out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, we would assume that Newcastle would try to bring somebody like Loic Remy to the club this summer.
And we should finally hear from manager Alan Pardew tomorrow, as the nufcTV interview he gave yesterday will be released, and it will be interesting to see what Alan has to say about things – like Joe Kinnear for example.
And finally, it was great to see Scot Andy Murray become the first British player to win Wimbledon, since Fred Perry won the last his three consecutive titles back in 1936 – an amazing 77 years ago.
The only thing we heard when growing up was that Fred Perry was the last Brit to win Wimbledon, so that one has finally been put to bed.
And Andy beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, and that final game was something to behold – I had to reach for the bucket and sponge when it was finally over.
Both players in today’s final are terrific sportsmen, and a credit to the game of tennis.
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