Aston Villa are unwilling to waiver over their £8m asking price for striker Darren Bent, the
Bent was out of favour under Paul Lambert last season, with the former Norwich City manager preferring a front three of Andy Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke, but Bent’s hefty £65,000 per week contract means Villa would prefer to see him sold rather than languish as a reserve.
But Villa owner Randy Lerner is adamant about recouping a substantial chunk of the £18m – since risen to £24m – paid to Sunderland for the England international in January 2011. Newcastle – new director of football Joe Kinnear included – are said to be particularly keen on Bent but his wages and price tag could prove restrictive.
Villa have this summer signed Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius for a fee of £2m, as well as clinching the signatures of midfielder Leandro Bacuna, winger Alex Tonev and centre-back Jores Okore, as well as agreeing a new contract with youth team product Weimann.
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