Another long running transfer saga is resolved.
Sunderland have completed the club record signing of Tottenham striker Darren Bent on a four-year contract.
Bent, 25, travelled to the north east on Monday for a medical and has finally signed after the clubs agreed a fee of £10m, potentially rising up to £16.5m.
“It has not quite happened for Darren at Spurs,” said Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.
“But he has 50 goals in 100 Premier League starts and that speaks volumes about why we are bringing him in.”
Bent has long been a target for Bruce but the two clubs were at loggerheads over the price tag for the England international. (BBC Sport)
Darren Bent was of course hauled off Tottenham‘s flight to the far east when the club realised that he was pretty much no longer one of their players. Not a very respectful end to a pretty bumpy ride at White Hart Lane for the England international but at least he can now finally concentrate on getting his career back on track.
I have the utmost respect for the former Charlton and Ipswich man who has been very stoical throughout his two years at the north London club and hasn’t mouthed off about the treatment he has received from a succession of managers. Let’s not forget he finished the club’s top scorer last term, managing to net more than double his nearest rivals in terms of Premier League goals, so he probably deserved better from Harry Redknapp, but I am sure that Bent will not want to dwell on that for too long.
I think he could be a roaring success at the Stadium of Light and it wouldn’t surprise me if he was again at the right end of the scoring charts again and don’t bet against him being on board the England plane to South Africa next summer.