Kinnear and Pardew to meet to discuss Newcastle move for Bent

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and the club’s director of football, Joe Kinnear, are to meet to discuss the Magpies’ move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

A £5m transfer has been mooted but now Kinnear has returned from a holiday in Italy – a trip that was planned before he was appointed as Pardew’s supervisor – the pair can get to the business of weighing up a move for former Sunderland striker Bent.

Newcastle are due to travel to Portugal this week as part of their pre-season preparations and Pardew is understood to want to set the wheels of Bent’s signing in motion before making the trip. Newcastle have yet to sign a senior player this summer and the newspaper claims Pardew sees Bent as a crucial capture.

But Kinnear has authority over transfers at the club after being appointed by owner Mike Ashley in controversial circumstances, and Pardew needs the green light from the former Wimbledon manager if the deal is to go ahead.

Villa are said to be holding out for closer to £8m but Bent is free to leave once a fee is agreed, having been told by Villa manager Paul Lambert he won’t play for the club again, one of a number of senior players bombed out by the former Norwich boss.

Bent wants to play regularly next season in an effort to force his way into the World Cup plans of England manager Roy Hodgson but Newcastle could face competition from Fulham. The Cottagers are under new ownership and could give manager Martin Jol a hefty transfer kitty to play with – while wages of £65,000 per week could prove too rich for Newcastle.

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