Bent given £5m price tag amid move to either Fulham or Newcastle

Darren Bent has undoubtedly been one of the players whose very fall from grace has mirrored that of current club Aston Villa over the past couple of seasons.

Having been one of the deadliest finishers in the league just a couple of years ago, Darren Bent has struggled to make an impact at Villa Park in the last few months heightening speculation that he could be moving on this summer.

Well, this speculation is set to become a reality with the Birmingham club slapping a £5m price tag on the striker which has attracted interest from several Premier League sides.

It seems as if Newcastle and Fulham are going to be the two best options for the striker with both sides looking to boost their options upfront.

After both sides struggled in their bid to place in the top half of the league last season, both clubs believe that a player of Bent’s calibre would be enough to help them achieve their aims.

Whilst Bent’s reputation has been enough to attract interest from other sides in the league, Villa manager Paul Lambert has signalled that the former England international has no future at the club.

Despite being Villa’s record signing after joining for £24m in 2011, Bent has fallen out of favour with other strikers such as Christian Benteke being preferred upfront.

Alongside that, the club has dropped their valuation of Bent significantly since January with the club now willing to let him go for £5m rather than the £8million that was thrown around at the start of the year.

The staggering thing about the situation regarding Darren Bent is that his form hasn’t been too disastrous having notched up 25 goals in 64 appearances for Aston Villa.

Despite the striker only netting 5 times all last season, his form prior to that had been fairly consistent having scored 19 times in 41 games.

But this has clearly been not enough to impress senior officials at Villa Park who had been hoping that Bent would have hit the 15 or 20 goal mark like he did at Sunderland or Charlton.

On top of that, Bent has also featured for England scoring 4 times in his 13 appearances for his country over the last 7 years.

Wherever Bent ends up at the end of the season, it seems that he’ll need to prove himself at his new club once his Villa Park nightmare comes to an end.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!