There has been news over this last week that Alan Pardew is interested in bringing England striker Darren Bent to St. James’ Park in the summer, but Darren had difficulty getting his place at Fulham last season while on loan, so we assume we will be getting Darren in just as a back up at the striker position.
Darren Bent - Newcastle interested in permanent move?
But Newcastle have to get two good and young strikers in as Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi – three of our four strikers last season – are all leaving the club – and the only one of them who could get goals was Loic Remy.
Darren Bent left Sunderland for a big money deal at Aston Villa in January three years ago, and ever since Paul Lambert took over, it has been clear he had no future at Villa, but he also seems to have lost some of his ambition and zeal, and seems too content to sit on the bench these days.
But as a back-up striker – in retrospect – he would probably be a decent enough striker, and he’s always had goal-scoring skills and if he arrives on Tyneside we’ll have to hope that Pardew, his former manager at Charlton, can get the best out of him.
There’s a Mirror report today saying Newcastle are interested in Bent, and maybe Lee Charnley can get in there and get him signed up to a one year loan deal – something Joe Kinnear was unable to achieve last summer.
The Mirror report is suggesting that Newcastle could try to sign him on a permanent deal, but he’s on a massive £65K/week deal at Villa, and he’s not worth that at Newcastle as only a back-up striker.
Aston Villa’s wage bill is huge and American owner Randy Lerner is trying to bring the financials under control, so he can possibly sell the club in the summer, but if Darren Bent is coming to Newcastle permanently, he would need to take a wage cut.
Darren scored 6 goals in 29 games in all competitions for Fulham last season, and half of those goals were in the cups, so he’s still capable of getting some goals we suppose.
And it’s interesting that we were after him way back in 2003, when he was a young striker at Ipswich and Sir Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager, after we had just signed Darren Ambrose from the East Anglia club.
What do you think?