Newcastle Transfer Focus – Magpies stalling over ending Bent’s Aston Villa nightmare

Newcastle’s interest in out of favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is being halted by club and player demands over transfer fee and salary.

Bent, who signed for Aston Villa in a £24m switch from North East rivals Sunderland in 2011, is available for a reported cut price of £6m, say the likes of The Sun and The Independent. However Newcastle seem reluctant to pay the rumoured price for the 29-year-old, having recently preferred to sign younger players with higher sell on fees.

The club are also stumbling over the players wage demands, with the striker currently on a deal said to be worth around £70,000 a week. Owner Mike Ashley will be unwilling to overpay and break the club’s strict wage structure, especially for a player who will arrive under pressure having spent two years at the Magpies’ bitter rivals.

What will encourage Newcastle fans to forget this is Bent’s proven goal scoring prowess in the Premier League. With the club relying solely on Papiss Cisse, Pardew has openly stated his desire to strengthen his squad going forward. In addition to this Bent endured a successful two year spell under Pardew at Charlton between 2005 and 2007 and the manager remains a fan of the England international.

If the club can reach an agreement with the player over wages, then Bent would surely be a good addition to the Magpies frontline. While at Sunderland the former Tottenham ace averaged a goal every two games and he will back himself to return to form that has seen him consistently reach double figures in the league for a number of years.

The possible acquisition of Bent would not be the only good news for Newcastle fans this week. The Mirror has reported that captain Fabricio Coloccini will be with the club for at least another season after an interview with Argentinian television. Coloccini had been subject of a pursuit by his native country club San Lorenzo, but with a deal falling through the defender said he intended to stay at least another season.

It also seems issues with Cisse refusing to wear the new kit, because of its sponsorship from money lending website Wonga and his religious beliefs, have taken a step forward this week after a club source told The Mirror: “Cisse has a new agent and it is our experience that when a new guy comes in he likes to flex his muscles. We are not expecting any problems with Cisse over this.

A strike partnership of Cisse and Bent would no doubt please the Newcastle faithful, but the Tyneside club will have to act quicker than it has done so far to secure the signing after The Sun reported that Bent’s former boss Steve Bruce was also trying to lure the striker to Hull, having also been the one to take him to Sunderland. Hull are looking to add to their strike force after their promotion to the Premier League, and while Newcastle may be a more attractive option any more delays could see Pardew lose out.

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