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Fulham seal Bent capture

The English international joins the sixth club of his career today

By | 16th August 2013
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Striker Darren Bent has today sealed a loan switch to Fulham after Crystal Palace withdrew from negotiations for the forward. The 29-year-old had been deemed surplus to requirements with Aston Villa and will be reunited with former manager Martin Jol at Craven Cottage.

Bent played under Jol at Tottenham during the 2007 season and was officially announced as a Fulham player today by the manager, who revealed his delight at bringing Bent in.

“Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired,” said Jol to Fulham’s official site.

“He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his team-mates.

“I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”

The striker looked close to a Crystal Palace move earlier in the week after taking a medical for the club but ended up completing the move to Craven Cottage on Friday morning instead.

Bent joined Villa in 2011 from Sunderland after the English international requested a move away from the Stadium of Light. Villa broke the club transfer record, as it is estimated the club paid an £18 million fee with the potential for the payment to rise to £24 million. The attacker only made 16 appearances for Villa last season, scoring three times and losing his starting place to Belgian phenom Christian Benteke.

The English international has spent his entire 12-year career in his home-country, playing for Ipswich Town, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, and Villa.

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