Anfield side prepare bid for Villa Park front-man.
Liverpool have made an enquiry for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
The 27-year-old will be sacrificed by Villa boss Alex McLeish as he attempts to bolster the mid-table side’s transfer kitty during the upcoming window.
Speculation over Bent’s future has began to mount after injury sidelined him for Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month yet was photographed shopping in Cambridge on the same day.
His fire power and link-up play with England team mate Stewart Downing, who left Villa last summer, is understood to be the key motivation for Liverpool’s Champions League charge.
In spite of McLeish’s doubt that ‘anybody’ could afford the club’s record signing, the former Sunderland man will be allowed to leave for significantly less than his £24million valuation.
But Liverpool face competition from both Fulham and newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.
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Some sources believe that a bid in the region of £18m will be made by Liverpool as they look to beef up their attacking options in light of the probable ban that top-scorer Luis Suarez will face and the average form shown by Andy Carroll. Alex McLeish is said to have fallen out with the former Sunderland man and is ready to offload the England international.
Bent is a striker who rarely gets the credit he deserves. The 27 year old is one of the most consistent strikers in the Premier League having netted 62 goals in the past three and a half seasons. The Tooting born striker is now a regular member of Fabio Capello’s England plans and a high profile move to Anfield would only further cement his place in the squad ahead of the Euro 2012 finals next summer.
Kenny Dalglish was already said to be keen on bringing in attacking reinforcements prior to Suarez being handed an eight match ban and now the Anfield boss will be determined to land a quality striking option when the transfer window re-opens next month and a move for Bent makes a great deal of sense.