Aston Villa may be moving closer to moving Darren Bent, and in a shocking bit of news, they may receive their full £6 million valuation for the out-of-favor striker. Fulham have reportedly improved their bid for Bent in response to a combination of issues. Apparently the Cottagers had a bid rejected over the weekend, and that, combined with Newcastle's Joe Kinnear increasing his interest in the former Sunderland striker, meant an increased bid.
We've said it time and time again: anything for Bent at this point is pretty much free money. If all Villa had been able to do was offload Bent's wages, they'd really be coming out ahead. I had initially thought they could probably get £3 or £4 million for the hero of the 2010-11 season, but the fact that two teams with a need for a striker seem to want him makes me think that £6 million is realistic.
Fulham are hoping to get some more depth up front, and Kinnear has yet to sign a player since becoming Newcastle's director of football. I'm not sure that Bent really is the right answer for either club, but I certainly don't want to discourage them from spending their money. I mean, have you seen what he's still capable of?
Darren Bent: a bargain a twice whatever price you end up paying for him!