Newcastle Striker Target Could Be Staying Put


After two seasons in which manager Paul Lambert has simply ignored Aston Villa’s  top wage earner Darren Bent (£65K/week), Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner has asked his manager to give Darren Bent a chance next season.

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Darren Bent – on the bench at Villa

In the last two seasons, Villa have finished in 15th place – 6th bottom – so they have hardly had much success under the former Norwich City manager.

Lerner is attempting to put the financial books in order at the club, so he has some chance of possibly selling Aston Villa soon, and is unwilling to pay out big bucks for a new striker in the summer.

Both of Villa’s  strikers have long term injuries – Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak – so it seems that Bent could be staying at Villa, and that could prevent Alan Pardew from trying for a second summer running, to get his former Charlton striker to Newcastle United.

Since Lambert came in two years ago, two other big wage earners and former Newcastle players – Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia – haven’t had a look in either – and that’s an awful lot of wages sitting on the bench, that Lerner paid out big money for.

But if this news is true, it could bring to an end Newcastle’s pursuit of Darren Bent – although he hardly had a good time of it at Fulham on loan last season, where he was unable to get a starting position at the now relegated club.

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78 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Shout, chant, ball and holler. IT ISNT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!!………IT ISNT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!…..and don’t let any nincompoop blow in tell you any different.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    a bullet dodged

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Who cares. Too old.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    apologies repost.
    Mister Tuff // May 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    headtheball – I was working on another post -but have to give up -as I’ve been ordered to get some gardening done.
    Anyway it was based on the legendary comic strip hero “Buster Brown” – a well known quote was “Buster Brown get outta town”.
    Easily changed to Buster Broon gid oota Toon.
    An Urban Dictionary definition of Buster Brown is:-
    1.

    buster brown
    “A really goofy looking person who also has very poor social skills and is usually not wanted by a majority of a group.
    Yo mang why are we hanging out with this buster brown he’s making us look bad
    by Shawnix Fleury July 03, 2006?

    Wow -a spooky definition!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Who wants a £65K a week bench warmer –

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Charlie
    A billionaire with piles?

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  • the broons

    May 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Can’t believe the story of darren bent coming is still lingering. the fact that he is old and way past it, and that he is former mackem should make this an obvious no say.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    tads,
    hahahahah 🙂
    Ffs has he gone yet, I was on at dinner when he told us he’s leaving because we’re all moaning non business people, I come back on at break and he’s still harping on about how the club are right for not wanting to win something but wrong for telling us, then he says he’s in to golden showers but doesn’t wan’t us to know, incredible.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Bent is on Pardew’s short list not Newcastle’s, don’t expect many signings lads because I think there will be only 2 coming through.

    and all this Rodwell rubbish don’t believe it in one bit, this will never happen not in a million years

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  • Average_Contents

    May 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Jfa

    I think “IT” might be gone, yes 😉

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  • NEoffers.co.uk

    May 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    1 Month NE Boot Camp – Only £14.99 (usually £39)

    http://neoffers.co.uk/products/nefit-boot-camp

    Get results just in time for summer…

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  • Average_Contents

    May 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12
  • Average_Contents

    May 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #13

    NEoffers

    Do you do family packs? If so I suggest you contact mike Ashley as he’d likely be very interested! Fat twat

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  • Average_Contents

    May 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Imagine being able as a Newcastle supporter to put fatty through his paces….I’d beast him to within an inch of his life on a daily basis just for the fun of it!

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS
    Now that the dreadful football has taken a break, you can try and encourage people to be positive…or atleast less negative..but once the season starts…and if we lose the first 2 games , it will be no holds barred negativity..

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  • Graeme

    May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Average @ 14 – Sell tickets. The queue would reach Westerhope, all waiting for a crack at him lol

    At £5 a time, you would make a fortune mate

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m still looking forward to next season. Don’t think it will be as bad as people think as Ashley may not care for football but he cares for money and by spending a little this summer on 4/5 players he will ensure the premier league cash cow keeps on giving for him.

    We might not kick on much be be interesting to see a few different players before they are ruined by our sure brand of football.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Should read dire brand of football.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Please say it isn’t so! Our 2 goal striker Shola is leaving us? Nooooo! But we’re going to bring in a 20 year old Spaniard to replace Remy mates so have no fear for next season. It looks like Sissoko would like to leave as well. And he was nearly a purple! I would rate him as light blue already! Who else will leave? Surely not Pard’s best mate Benny? And what about the beloved Marveaux? We are certainly looking like an exciting club going forward.

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  • Kris

    May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Hi, guys!

    Don any know if Armstrong is gonna play tonight? Or is he out injured? Wanna see the match if he is going to play. The games will be on EuroSports within an hour.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m looking forward to the summer transfer window TS mate. Mike spending wisely. A pound here, a pound there. Fairly soon he has spent 2 pounds! Huzzah! With and untested 20 year old Spaniard to lead the line we will go far! Lots of excitement as we lose the first 6 matches to begin next season. Pards sacked, Curbishley brought in! More excitement!

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    What about getting rid of some of our watery yellows? Amalfitano, Obertan. I admit they have been great successes like Ranger and Xisco but surely it is time for them to ply their trade elsewhere? Or are they going to be hidden gems brought out by wor Alan when we don’t sign enough players in the summer? Only time will tell. Alan is excited looking at our squad already!

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I admit every team needs a few watery yellows in the squad. Too much purple can spoil the picture. Still I believe we have more than our share. Poor Mike has a lot to deal with. People demanding he spend money, the anxiety of a summer moob job, the charges pending for molesting budgies. It’s horrible. It’s getting so a man can’t plan his summer pissup on the yacht in peace. 🙁

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  • beermonkey

    May 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    we could get yaya toure in all he wants is a buggati and birthday card I got a matchbox buggati in the loft I can donate to the cause I will even put a bow on it for him

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  • Average_Contents

    May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Graeme

    Great idea but no, I feel the toon army have suffered enough by way of paying to watch fatty’s team fanny about on the pitch aided by a fanny of a manager, so therefore I have taken the decision to allow free access to fatty’s beasting!

    Fatty will be made up, he likes free things 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    So we’re not in for Cabella anymore? He was far too expensive for us anyway. We’re looking for someone in the 3-4M pound range with far less talent. Somebody to take up space in the midfield. That sort of thing.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Geordie two

    Very true, maybe this lad is shola’s replacement and remy’s is yet to come? Think I’m losing my mind here.

    But you never know, we seem to scout pretty well so this lad might have a modest record but what’s the circumstances? Do the team play to his strengths? Do they get a lot of goals? Does he get or make many chances? Is his chance conversion rate high? Etc etc…just going off goals altidore was a great buy for the mackems but we know how that worked out.

    Like I say, we aren’t going to push on for top 4/6 but Ashley will certainly want a safe mid table team so must do something interesting to replace cabaye and remy at least…fingers crossed anyway.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Very interesting to see West Ham have ”ordered” Allardyce to play attractive football next season and are also looking to hire an attacking coach to work with him.

    No such ultimatum for Pardew sadly.

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  • Transfer Sage

    May 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda

    Purely because there owners care about west ham, they are morons and haven’t a clue what value is but they do care and want to watch something good.

    Ashley cares about a prem league side, the money is more important than the style of football for him, hence why nothing changes with us.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Guys you need to stop worrying so much about these transfers! They won’t amound to anything!

    …it’s not the players who are the problem 😉

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  • beermonkey

    May 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #31

    transfer sage

    they got fat sam in to do a job and get them up and keep them in the prem, at least they have listened to the fans but they know its a fat sam team and they have invested a lot in it so there doing it the right way I think

    will fat sam be open to it and will he move the team on time will tell
    pulis wasn’t a one trick pony as was first thought maybe sam can change to

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #32

    does anyone know of any watery yellows, nice and young and cheap who are hidden gems? no fee wiil be paid if mike signs him of course.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #33

    HAVE WE SIGNED ANYONE YET???!!??

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #34

    mike has told me he loves a good young cheap hidden gem.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Perez – to sign a five-year contract at Newcastle United next month.

    The 20-year old Tenerife frontman has already passed a medical on Tyneside, and returned to training with his club ahead of their final three games of the season.

    According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, a provisional agreement is in place between Perez and Newcastle – but paperwork between Tenerife and Newcastle is yet to be signed.

    Any confirmation is likely to be delayed until after 7th June, when the Segunda B season ends.

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  • Thump

    May 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Ah, there is a god after all.

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  • BuckLuck

    May 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #37

    jesper

    True. You could give him Messi and Ronaldo and the setup would still be defensive.

    I have absolutely no faith in Pardew. I gave him credit for changing style to a passing style at the start of the season(regret that now), but it didn’t take a long time before I saw he didn’t know how to attack at all in a balanced way. That won’t change unfortunately.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Buck…I just think alot of people are just blindly hoping that things will get better!

    …maybe it will for a while but that’s it I fear 🙁

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Yes, we’re going with Perez and another loan striker. It will be brilliant. A second division Spaniard, a loanee and Cisse on the bench. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #40

    The loan striker will have one leg shorter than the other. However on the bright side he is only 40 years old. Plenty of life left in him.

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