Darren Bent, the England international striker will sign on for a one year loan deal at Fulham – probably today – that’s now official with Fulham manager Martin Jol welcoming his new signing to the London club.
Darren Bent – will move to Fulham on loan
And Alan Pardew has come out and said Newcastle were close to signing Bent – but in the transfer market – we know that close doesn’t count for much and you either get your man or you don’t, and whether you were close means very little at the end of the day.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“He was close.” “Close, in terms of the deal but Darren has decided to go elsewhere.” “I wish him all the best.” “We need a striker.” “Joe is working very hard.”
And this is what Martin Jol, the Fulham manager has said about his new arrival:
“Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired.” “He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates.”
“I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”
This is the seocnd striker we have missed out on this summer, following our number one target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deciding in July to goto Borussia Dortmund rather than Newcastle.
We don’t know exactly where we stand with the potential Bafe Gomis deal, but according to reports that one could also be dead in the water.
It is being reported that Newcastle were unwilling to meet Bent’s wage demands, which is why he finally ended up at Fulham.
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