Villa Park striker may just be available for Anfield suitors.
Darren Bent will cost Liverpool big money, suggests Aston Villa boss
Alex McLeish has told Liverpool that they will have to make an ‘attractive’ offer for Darren Bent if they wish to prize the striker away from Aston Villa.
The Reds have been linked with a January move for the England international, as Kenny Dalglish looks to add much needed firepower to their attacking line.
Bent, who only moved to Villa last January for £24million, is said to be keen on the idea, but McLeish insists he was no intention of parting with any of his stars for less than top dollar.
McLeish said: ‘Am I wanting to do (transfer) business? I am not pushing. I am not in any hurry to lose any of my players.
‘Only if it was an attractive proposition would we do anything so it’s very unlikely we would let any of our players go.’
Liverpool, having used up the £50million they received for Fernando Torres last January on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, are unlikely to be ready to pay a further £24million for Bent, leaving any chances of a deal seemingly dead.
Alex McLeish should be careful what he wishes for. If the Villa Park boss intended to quash speculation of a possible Anfield move for his star striker then he may have been better off to simply say that the former Sunderland and Tottenham man is not for sale but instead inviting ‘attractive’ offers may just make Bent feel that his boss is keen to cash in on his services.
Liverpool could well do with another attacking option now that Luis Suarez is out with a lengthy ban and Andy Carroll’s poor run of form, no goals in ten Premier League matches, leaving Kenny Dalglish’s side struggling to find the back of the net.
The Merseyside club have struggled to break down opposition defences, especially at home, and a move for a proven Premier League marksman like Darren Bent would be a wise one to make. There has been speculation that McLeish had fallen out with the striker after he opted to go Xmas shopping over watching his side lose to Liverpool.
Aston Villa started the season fairly brightly and Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor were finding the back of the net regularly but have not been so prolific in recent weeks.
Darren Bent has hit a very healthy 16 goals in 32 Premier League starts since his £18m move from the Stadium of Light to Aston Villa a year ago.