The news today is that Fulham have pulled out of the race to sign Aston Villa’s 29 year-old Darren Bent so it seems that Newcastle are in the clear to sign the England International striker.
Darren Bent – leaving Villa soon
There are reports that Fulham will not pay out the ridiculous wages Bent is getting at Aston Villa, which are said to be over £70K a week.
But the pulling out of Fulham certainly does not mean it’s clear sailing for Newcastle, because owner Mike Ashley is usually dead against paying out big wages to older stars – who have no sell-on value.
But we did report yesterday that Darren Bent had said he will be leaving Aston Villa shortly, and the two clubs thought to be vying for his signature were Newcastle and Fulham, so we suppose there is still a chance that Newcastle can get the deal done.
The other hurdle Newcastle face is the transfer fee of up to £6M.
Joe Kinnear and Lee Charnley are working on the deal, along with trying to get 27 year-old Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon, who would cost around £7M.
But since Bent said he was pretty sure he would be leaving Aston Villa soon, maybe Newcastle have tied up the deal, and it would be the first for a senior player this summer.
And 61% of fans think he would be a good buy at around £5M.
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