Newcastle confirm Bent interest

Alan Pardew has admitted that he is interested in signing out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, Chronicle Live reports, as the Newcastle United manager looks to make his first summer swoop.

The Magpies have been heavily linked with Bent in recent weeks, with the 29-year-old striker looks to force a move away from Villa Park after being frozen out last season. He is now said to be training with the youth squad, with Villa boss Paul Lambert keen to offload Bent, partly due to his high wages.

Papiss Cisse, currently the first-choice striker at Newcastle, is looking for another regular strike partner, after Demba Ba left to join Chelsea in January. However, to bring Bent to the club, Newcastle would have to persuade Villa to lower their asking price – currently around £8m – and adhere to Bent’s wage demands.

But Pardew was happy to confirm Newcastle’s pursuit of the England international, explaining: “It’s difficult. I know there’s been speculation, particularly about Darren Bent. I think I can comment on that because it sounds like at Aston Villa, he’s not particularly involved.

The former West Ham manager went to say that the club was interested in other players, who he didn’t name, while winger Scott Sinclair, also frozen out at Manchester City, is thought to be considering a move to the North East.

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