Date: 20th January 2013 at 4:18pm
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Newcastle United have emerged as favourites to sign former Sunderland, now Aston Villa, striker Darren Bent this month.

On yesterday’s evidence, Newcastle are in desperate need of a striker, as their main source of goals Demba Ba is now at Chelsea, and against Reading Papiss Cisse missed a couple of guilt-edged chances to put the game to bed and earn the Magpies an all-important three points.

If Newcastle are going to stay out of the bottom three and avoid relegation this season then it is vital that they take their chances and you just don’t feel confident when Cisse is in front of goal right now.

Darren Bent isn’t in favour at Aston Villa at the moment, a team who are also battling against the dreaded drop.

Villa manager Paul Lambert has continually put his faith in Christian Benteke and Bent didn’t make it off the bench against West Brom at the Hawthorns yesterday.

However, there is no doubting that he is a striker with pedigree and in the right situation will score goals again once more.

Throughout his career he hasn’t been far off a one in two goal ratio and while at north-east rivals Sunderland scored 32 goals in 58 Premier League appearances.

Sky Bet have installed Newcastle as 9/4 favourites to sign the 28-year-old, ahead of London clubs Fulham and QPR who are 11/4 and 4/1 respectively.

Would you forgive Bent for having played for Sunderland if he scored the goals that kept Newcastle in the Premier League?

Seeing that Aston Villa paid £18 million for him two years ago, would he cost too much?

Are there any better options out there?


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