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Fulham close in on Villa’s Bent

Fulham look to hone in on Darren Bent

By | 1st August 2013
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After a miserable season that saw Aston Villa forward Darren Bent play second fiddle to Belgian counterpart Christian Benteke, the England international looks set to be on his way out of Villa Park, with Fulham looking the favorite to secure the player’s signature, according to Sky Sports.

Bent struggled with form for the Villans last season after both earning and losing the club’s captaincy from cancer-stricken fan favorite Stiliyan Petrov within a period of three months, finding the net only six times in 25 appearances. The forward fell down the pecking order behind Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, struggling to find sufficient time on the pitch, which very likely caused him to lose credibility as an international player under England manager Roy Hodgson.

Sky Sports is reporting that the forward was subject to a £4m offer from Fulham, however Villa are unwilling to budge over their £6m valuation of the player. Now, the west London club will have to make their third offer for Bent if they are serious about securing the player’s services for the upcoming season.

Fulham manager Martin Jol is looking to add another proven forward to his roster to ease the workload off of the club’s leading goal scorer last season Dimitar Berbatov, who netted fifteen times in 35 appearances during his debut season at Craven Cottage.

However, Newcastle are also reportedly interested in signing Bent, with Sky Sports reporting that the Magpies would in fact be the forward’s preferred destination after the two sides agreed to hold talks later this week.

But the Cottagers’ worries might be eased after all, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew also pursuing a season-long loan for QPR’s French forward Loïc Rémy after failing to lure in Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis to St. James’ Park – a move that would likely shift Bent’s attention to a club offering more playing time, which Fulham fit the bill.

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