News has reached us in the Football Transfer Tavern that will be of great interest to a number of Premier League teams, courtesy of Charlie Wyett of The Sun.
According to the journalist, Darren Bent’s future at Aston Villa is no closer to being resolved, despite the reported interest in the striker from a number of Premier League sides.
Newcastle United are thought to be the most interested in securing the former England striker, whilst Fulham and newly promoted sides Crystal Palace and Hull City are also thought to be keen.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is happy to sell the 29-year-old, who barely played last season during Aston Villa’s relegation battle, despite Bent being an experienced and proven goalscorer at Premier League level.
It is thought there have been some behind the scenes goings on at Villa Park, with the striker’s attitude reportedly questioned by Lambert and senior Villa figures.
It is thought the clubs are waiting until late August before launching a bid, in the hope of getting a late bargain.
Bent would demand nowhere near the £18 million fee Villa paid for his services from Sunderland in January 2011. He would also need to drop his current £65,000 a week wages at Villa Park if he was to secure a move.
The Villans’ record signing has since lost is place to Christian Benteke, who is also attracting interest from a number of top teams after his excellent performances last season, although Lambert has placed a £25 million price tag on the forward’s head in a bid to scare off potential bidders.