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Newcastle Striker Target Could Be Staying Put

2:24 pm, Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // May 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    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.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    a bullet dodged

  • 3 Ketsbaia9 // May 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Who cares. Too old.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    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:-

    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!

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Who wants a £65K a week bench warmer –

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    A billionaire with piles?

  • 7 the broons // May 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    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.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // May 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    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.

  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // May 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    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

  • 10 Average_Contents // May 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM


    I think “IT” might be gone, yes 😉

  • 11 // May 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

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

    Get results just in time for summer…

  • 12 Average_Contents // May 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Interesting from SSN

  • 13 Average_Contents // May 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM


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

  • 14 Average_Contents // May 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    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!

  • 15 theartfuldodger // May 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    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..

  • 16 Graeme // May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    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

  • 17 Transfer Sage // May 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    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.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // May 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Should read dire brand of football.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    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.

  • 20 Kris // May 21, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    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.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    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!

  • 22 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    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!

  • 23 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    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. 🙁

  • 24 beermonkey // May 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    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

  • 25 Average_Contents // May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM


    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 😉

  • 26 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    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.

  • 27 Transfer Sage // May 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    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.

  • 28 Rotonda heights // May 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    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.

  • 29 Transfer Sage // May 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM


    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.

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 21, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    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 😉

  • 31 beermonkey // May 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    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

  • 32 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    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.

  • 33 santonthenewmaldini // May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM


  • 34 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

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

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    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.

  • 36 Thump // May 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Ah, there is a god after all.

  • 37 BuckLuck // May 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM


    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.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    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 🙁

  • 39 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    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.

  • 40 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    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.

  • 41 kevymartins // May 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    So much for this £60m everyone was talking about eh. Going after players with £2m release clauses sure seems like were going to spend £60m

  • 42 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    We have a very cunning plan going forward mates. Not to worry. Mike wants to know if Clive Allen is still playing football by the way?

  • 43 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I strongly believe we will replace wor Obertan with someone who is even worse than him this season. It’s all in the cunning plan mates. Sissoko is already fed up with us. Surely with 6 or 7 players leaving we’re going to bring in some top new talent for Pards to ruin?

  • 44 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Is there an underground slave trade in footballers from third world countries? If so does anyone have their toll free number for Mike to call?

  • 45 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    You know, a lot of you are showing a disappointing lack of enthusiasm for the summer window. I don’t understand it. Here we have a magnificent opportunity to get out and gather all the hidden gems available. Other clubs will be going after expensive players while we troll around in the underworld. I’m very saddened by your lack of support for Mike.

  • 46 theartfuldodger // May 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM


    Next season is looking risky.
    I feel we have burnt our bridges with a lot of teams and good players are looking at other options rather than jumping at the opportunity..

    Perhaps our only options are such strikers like Perez..unknown..willing to come..
    Thats why Very Very Risky…

    It only takes 7 games to write such players off…look at dejong…

  • 47 Go toon gooooo // May 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Darren Bent is a good striker.He will strengthen Newcastle United squad.Still have his word in Premier League.At least in the next five years.He doesn’t deserve such an underestimation.

  • 48 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    You know the whole third world football slave market is wide open for us. Who knows how little Mike will have to spend? Let’s start with Bangladesh lads. 🙂

  • 49 Rotonda heights // May 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    bent 3/4 years ago or more like 10 when SBR wanted him but not now.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    So that’s it then. Perez to sign. Summer transfer window sorted. And I was worried for a while there. What was I thinking?

  • 51 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I think we’ll have a very pacey 1 pronged attack next season with Perez. Is he familiar with hoofball?

  • 52 Rotonda heights // May 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    FROM MAVIENTES (Newcastle United):

    Well I guess Pardew it is, but don’t expect me or fans to back him or the club. The club have made their bed and decided that mid table mediocrity and no trophies is as far as they want to go.

    Pardew indeed is the perfect manager for that, as to go any further you need a manager who can actually manage.

    Whether the players feel the same is different, i wonder what Krul, Sissoko, Debuchy (all internationals off to the world cup) etc think about it. Would they want to stay, hell no, and who could blame them.

    However Pardew fits the job description, that will please some, you know the ones, the ones who say what is is and we will just go with it because we don’t care, but I am sure the Majority of fans want ambition, passion and trophies (or at least a damn good attempt).

    So you have the choice, be like those passionless sheep who will back Pardew and co to the hilt because, ‘thats what we’ve got’, or show your dissent at the clubs lack of passion and stay away.

    I mean seriously would you want to pay money, which is very tight these days, to go into a club that doesn’t give a damn about entertaining you or giving you a product that you’ve paid for.

    And as for the war chest we have been hearing about for summer recruitments, seriously to those who believe this PR spin do you really think ‘We do not see cups and Europe as a priority’ and ‘Transfer war chest to strengthen the squad’ in the same sentence.

    Transfer War chest is for clubs and managers who want to win things and progress, so therefore the only players brought in will be just about good enough to keep the ambition of staying 4th from bottom.

    Who wants that apart from Ashley and Pardew. Well I could name a few, but the real and true fans want whats best for the club and not just go with the flow. But hey Pardew it is, so your choice to pay and display or walk away and wait till ALL the parasites are gone.

  • 53 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    spot on at 52

  • 54 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Talk of demba coming back to the fold .. Would be a good resigning imo

  • 55 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    You know as Official Blog Hobbit I have to deal with a lot of provocative posts. People who believe it or not don’t like Mike. People with an axe to grind apparently. People who like decent football. Trouble makers in other words. Well, watch yourselves on here. We have high standards! Harrumph!

  • 56 BuckLuck // May 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Rotonda heights

    Post of the day mate!

  • 57 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Doesn’t wor Darren look good sitting on the bench at Villa? He looks almost as good as Michael Owen sitting on wor bench pretending to be injured.

  • 58 Novocastrian66 // May 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I’ll be going next season. I’ve long given up on us winning anything, so that isn’t an issue for me. The club only exists because of the fans and it is our biggest asset. If we desert the club, it is doomed.

  • 59 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I bet a lot of you are sorry you criticized Jonas for being overweight while he was with us. He was just carrying on a proud tradition. Sign for us and gain weight. Relax. Enjoy yourself. Eat meat pies. Like Mark Viduka.

  • 60 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Our summer spending is really underway now. Perez is very expensive apparently. Some kind of 2M pound fee? Ridiculous. And he’ll expect a wage I suppose. We can’t keep this up surely?

  • 61 jazzyp // May 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Oh Demba Demba may be coming home.
    Your off your rocker mate if you think Bent is going to be a quality addition to Nufc

  • 62 niafron // May 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    What’s going on along the Tyne river?

  • 63 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Bonjour niafron .. No word on cabella yet?

  • 64 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment ca va niafron mate? Everything is beautiful on Tyneside. Big spending, excellent manager to continue with us, players happy. Life is good.

  • 65 jazzyp // May 21, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    It is understood Lyon need to raise €20m by 30 June with #nufc target Clement Grenier on the sale list along with Gonalons and Lacazette

  • 66 Online Guy // May 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Newcastle United are not a friendly club any more .
    .are they ?

    No information to supporters, and double speak from the manager, underhanded practice from the owners and staff, seems to be the norm.

    £98 million pounds in the coffer’s and we will sign a few frees, and low ball a few clubs for their up and coming player’s .that’s it……… window after window .

    I’m never going back while Ashley own’s our Club.

    We are dead in the water as a “proper Football club .

    No ambition

    Sad but true.

  • 67 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    We are just laying low Online Guy. We’re deep in the shrubbery disguised as woodchucks. Then we sneak in and sign top players with get out clauses in their contracts. Beautiful.

  • 68 jazzyp // May 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    You could be away for a very long time then mate. Personally while he’s raking in millions through Nufc every season, Ashley isn’t going to give that up

  • 69 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Do you lot realize how difficult it is to lie deep in the shrubbery outside someone else’s ground disguised as a woodchuck? Well??? You should be thanking Alan for his sacrifices to the club! He’s even had to memorize the woodchuck mating call!

  • 70 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    More rumour mill stuff .. There was talk of us meeting more than one players Spanish reps .. I reckon Diego chapel is being looked at

  • 71 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Why just last week wor Alan was ravaged by a gang of randy teen aged woodchucks! 😯

  • 72 niafron // May 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Cabella is curently with the french squad for the WOrld cup preparation (he’s one of the seven reservist).

    So it is a frozen file until the end of the French national team world cup camp (and even more if by any chance, he have to replace an injured player amongst the 23).

  • 73 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Jazzyp hope so .. We could do with Grenier as well as lacazette and cabella .. Whats the chances .. 0 or nill

  • 74 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Oh and we are a very friendly club still Online Guy. Extremely friendly. Wor Alan is very warm and comforting with football players’ wives apparently.

  • 75 Online Guy // May 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    From this day forth , one will refer to Mr Pardew
    as…………. Mr Doublespeak..

    Doublespeak = Pardew.

    Evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.

    Language that can be understood in more than one way and that is used to trick or deceive people.

    distorts reality
    pretends to communicate
    avoids or shifts responsibility

    Mr Doublespeak .

  • 76 GeordieTwo // May 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Can I still call him Alain Perdue Online Guy?

  • 77 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Niafron hopefully he’s talking to cabaye then

  • 78 sweendog // May 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Also on the rumour mill is jack rodwell .. I wonder is that instead of Cabella .. Pardews choices against Carr .. Rodwell, colback,bent ..vs cabella Grenier lacazette ..

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