Alan Pardew has talked today about the striker he coached to success at Charlton, 29 year-old Darren Bent, and admitted Newcastle United are interested in the striker.
Darren Bent - spent a lot of time on bench last season
The £6M price tag on Darren Bent is a stumbling block for Newcastle, because he will have no sell-on value and will also demand high wages – two things that may prevent him from arriving on Tyneside.
Pardew talked openly about Bent this morning, but also said Newcastle have four or five striker targets:
“The obvious target at the moment is a striker, and we have four or five targets,” “It’s difficult. I know there’s been speculation, particularly about Darren Bent.”
“I think I can comment on that because it sounds like at Aston Villa, he’s not particularly involved.”
“There is an interest in Darren, and there is an interest in three or four other players, who I shouldn’t name because of their situations at their current clubs.
“When managers talk about my players, I think it’s wrong, so I’m certainly not going to do it.”
Alan just about stopped himself in that last sentence about doing what PSG manager Laurent Blanc has been doing – talking about players he wants this summer – although a difference is that Villa want Darren Bent out of the club.
Four or five striker targets – so we wonder who they are – apart from Bent?
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