Eastlands boss may opt for move for England international.
Manchester City are apparently showing an interest in Sunderland striker Darren Bent. Roberto Mancini is apparently not too keen on the attacking options he inherited when he took over from Mark Hughes and the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy are all in danger of being shipped out as the Italian looks to make the Eastlands squad better resemble a collection of players he himself purchased.
The former Tottenham man has been in sparkling form this season netting 24 goals, half of the Black Cats total for the season and could be set for a place in the England World Cup squad. Steve Bruce’s side haven’t had the best of seasons and if Mancini made a bid of note for the £20m rated striker then there is every chance that Bent would be very interested indeed.
Mancini is also keen to bring in more ‘homegrown’ talents ahead of new Premier League regulations due to be adopted next season and may be worried at the alarming number of foreign talents recently purchased hence his signing of impressive England youngster Adam Johnson in January.
Bent has proven his ability to score on a regular basis in the Premier League and he could well be keen on pushing himself back towards the Champions League picture and may feel that unlikely at the Stadium of Light and no doubt he will have looked on in disappointment to see his former Spurs teammates secure a top four spot this term thinking that he is more than ready and able to play at the highest level.