Anfield side prepare big money offer.
LIVERPOOL are ready to test Aston Villa’s resolve to hang on to their England striker Darren Bent.
People Sport understands that Bent would jump at the chance to link up again with his former Villa team-mate and England colleague Stewart Downing at Anfield.
And Liverpool, who have noted that Bent is failing to reproduce his England form for Villa, are weighing up a bid.
The Merseysiders know they would have to match the £24million Villa paid Sunderland for Bent last January.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This would be quite a shocker. There has been much speculation in recent weeks about a breakdown in the relationship between Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish and his star striker Darren Bent. This didn’t prevent the England international from scoring yesterday after he came on as sub against Chelsea.
Liverpool could well do with alternative attacking options as Andy Carroll is still struggling for form and Uruguayan Luis Suarez looks set for a lengthy ban. This coupled with the fact that Kenny Dalglish’s current back-up plans, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt, are getting on a bit and work better out wide, could lead to an Anfield bid for Bent.
The Merseyside club are desperate to grab a top four finish and their American owners spent over £100m on new players in 2011 and would appear therefore to be willing to bankroll a move such as this.
McLeish will not want to lose Bent, who has become one of the most consistent goal-scorers in the Premier League, but if faced with an offer of £24m the Scot may have to consider his options.
Bent has netted regularly and over the past six seasons has notched up, 18, 13, 6, 12, 24 and 17 goals respectively. The former Tottenham and Sunderland man may also feel that a high profile move could help cement his place in Fabio Capello’s England plans ahead of the Euro 2012 finals in the summer.