It is a rare occasion when footballers play for both Newcastle United and Sunderland, but that could be the case for Darren Bent as the Magpies are reported to be interested in the Aston Villa striker.
According to the Mirror, Newcastle United are taking a close look at Darren Bent after the England international fell out with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Newcastle are said to be one of three Premier League clubs interested in buying Bent in January, along with early-season strugglers Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given has said that Bent is ‘frustrated’ not to be involved in the Villa starting eleven and inferred that it’s not a situation that Darren will put up with for very long.
The 28-year-old striker is coming towards the end of his second year in the West Midlands after being sold by Sunderland for a fee in the region of £20 million.
Prior to that he spent 18 months in the north-east with the Black Cats, where he scored at better than a goal every game, netting 32 times in 58 Premier League appearances.
In fact, Bent has scored regularly at every club he’s been at, and has even managed four goals for England despite being used sparingly by a variety of national managers.
Alan Pardew has managed Darren Bent before, in his two years at Charlton, and actually sold the 5ft 11in striker to Tottenham in 2007 for a fee of £16.5m.
So, Pardew and Bent know each other pretty well, but would you accept a former Sunderland player at Newcastle, and would he be a good signing for the Magpies in January?
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