Fulham make renewed offer for Aston Villa outcast and Newcastle target Bent

Fulham have made an improved offer for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, ESPN has reported, as the England international moves closer to leaving Villa Park.

Bent has been told he can leave the Midlands club as manager Paul Lambert seeks to rebuild the side, shorn of the highly-paid older players that populated the team when he took over a year ago. Lambert last season favoured Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann, with Bent making only 23 appearances, scoring six goals.

Fulham’s initial offer of £4m was judged too low by the Villa hierarchy and the Cottagers have returned with a £6m bid having previously backed away from the move over Bent’s wage demands. Villa paid Sunderland £24m for the now 29-year-old and Bent still has two years remaining on his contract.

Newcastle are also said to be weighing up a move for Bent with the Magpies director of football, Joe Kinnear, expected to meet this week with the player’s representatives. A move to either Fulham or Newcastle would see Bent re-united with a former manager, having played under Newcastle’s Alan Pardew at Charlton and Fulham’s Martin Jol at Tottenham Hotspur.

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