Newcastle swoop for Villa’s Bent as Cisse row rumbles on
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will meet with new Director of Football Joe Kinnear today as the pair hash out a plan to strengthen this summer with a £6million move for Aston Villa’s Darren Bent top of the agenda.
Bent has been left out of Paul Lambert’s plans since he took over at Villa Park last season and the manager is happy to let the former Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur striker go despite the strong possibility that his main striker Christain Benteke looks set to leave the club this summer as well.
Lambert will trust in Danish signing Nicklas Helenius and Gabriel Agbonlahor to lead his attack next season and sees no room for Bent in his squad come the restart of the season.
Newcastle will have to match Bundesliga side Wolfsburg’s offer to secure the services of Bent who is keen to remain in the Premier League.
The Magpies have yet to make any additions to their squad and are in the midst of a stand off with striker Papiss Cisse who is refusing to wear the training gear or club shirt with new sponsor the money lender Wonga on it due to his religious beliefs.
The Senegalese player has offered to wear a charity in place of the sponosr’s logo but has been advised to stay away from training until the matter is resolved, an order he ignored forcing the coaching staff to send him to the gym instead of doing group sessions.
A number of clubs in Germany and Russia are watching the development of Cisse’s situation with the hope of landing him on the cheap should Newcastle not reach an agreement with the striker who scored 13 goals in all competitions last season.
Regardless of the Cisse situation Pardew and Kinnear are keen to bring another striker in and having been frustrated in their attempts to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wilfried Bony to the North-East of England will turn to former Sunderland man Bent.
Bent’s career goalscoring average has seen him be the subject of a number of big names moves but the 29 year old’s 2011 £18million switch from Sunderland to Villas has run its course and he is agreeable to a move to any club in the Premier League to regain a regular place in a starting line up.