There are a few whispers in the Football Transfer Tavern that Fulham are preparing to move for Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent according to The Times.
The Cottagers had hoped to bring unsettled Roma star Pablo Osvaldo to the club but the striker has now been told he still has a future with the Serie A side and instead manager Martin Jol will turn his attentions back to the former Sunderland forward.
The 29-year-old England international looks likely to leave Villa Park this summer after a disagreement with manager Paul Lambert who has preferred to play Belgian star Christian Benteke on his own in attack in his youthful side.
Bent has since admitted that he doesn’t want to spend another season sitting on the bench with the midlands club especially in a World Cup year and has reportedly been informed he can leave the club if their valuation, thought to be around £8m, is met by another team.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is thought to offer fierce competition to Fulham but the St James’ Park club are still deep in negotiations to sign Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis which could rule out a move back to the North East for Bent.
Villa paid a massive £24m for the striker back in January of 2011 but after 25 goals in 64 appearances he could leave a reduced price with Jol ready to swoop for the bargain forward who has won 14 caps for England, scoring four times.