Newcastle prepare to offer Darren Bent a path out of Aston Villa

Newcastle could be preparing to offer Aston Villa striker Darren Bent a route out of the Villa Park exit door, reports The Telegraph.

The former Sunderland striker, who moved to Villa for £24m in 2011, has been frozen out at the midlands club, being forced to leave the first team locker room and train with Stephen Ireland and Alan Hutton, who have also been removed from manager Paul Lambert’s plans at the club.

Bent has also been told that he will not be considered for selection in Villa’s Premier League squad should he opt to remain at the club beyond the current summer transfer window.

He spent much of last season on the bench, and has not appeared for England in almost two years. He moved to Villa with the intention of cementing his place in the national side, but has instead seen himself fall out of contention.

The Telegraph also reports that he earns around £65k per week at Villa Park, and Lambert is desperate to get him off the wage bill in order to free up funds to strengthen his squad and improve on last season’s subpar campaign.

Villa are thought to want around £8m, but other clubs have thus far been unwilling to match that valuation. Newcastle are thought to be admirers, however, and believe that Bent’s future may lie at St. James’ Park.

Fulham were also reported to be interested in the player last month, but the Toon Army appear to possess the most concrete interest in offering the 29-year-old a chance to rejuvenate his ailing career.

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