Bent not for sale Liverpool told

Aston Villa have stated that striker Darren Bent will not be for sale at any price amid interest from Liverpool, talkSPORT reports.

The England international has been the subject of strong talk about a move to Anfield in the January transfer window. Bent’s relationship with Aston Villa fans took a turn for the worse when he was pictured shopping during Villa’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool last month. The striker has scored six goals for Villa so far this season and has been rumoured with a switch to Anfield.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has seen striker Luis Suarez banned for eight games with racial abuse and the Reds are missing a goal threat. Andy Carroll has failed to score goals consistently – just four in 25 league appearances – since his £35m move from Newcastle last January and Dalglish is keen to sign a new striker. Bent’s chances of making the England side for Euro 2012 will not be affected by staying at Villa, but the striker is looking for European football and sees Liverpool as a better chance.

Villa have stated that they have not had any contact from Liverpool and will not entertain a bid from anybody. Bent signed for Villa last January for a club record fee of £24m from Sunderland. Liverpool are now expected to switch target to possibly Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

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