Villa Park forward on Anfield radar.
Liverpool are reportedly preparing a January bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who’s Villa Park future is in further doubt after the England man was once again left on the bench for the club’s encounter with Norwich City.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in fresh attacking options but will not be handed a large transfer budget to do so and will therefore look to offer former Aston Villa wide-man Stewart Downing in part exchange for the 28 year old striker.
Paul Lambert has moved to dampen speculation about Bent’s possible departure but the former Norwich City boss may be tempted by a move to bring in more creativity to his Aston Villa squad and could see the addition of Downing as part of a part exchange deal an offer worth considering.
Liverpool have seen their striking options reduced to just one, Luis Suarez, following the broken foot sustained by Italian forward Fabio Borini. Therefore it is imperative that the Merseyside club looks to strengthen their attack in January or face the very real prospect of yet another lean season for the Anfield side.
Bent has been a consistent Premier League marksman for a number of years now, scoring regularly for Charlton Athletic, Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa and the 28 year old forward may well be tempted by the chance of a move to Liverpool, especially given the poor season the Villa Park side had last term and their shaky start to the current camapign.
Darren Bent has netted 20 goals in 42 starts for the Midlands club since his £18m move from the Stadium of Light back in January 2011.
Though Stewart Downing has impressed during Europa League action, the former Middlesbrough man is seemingly surplus to requirements in relation to his involvement at Premier League level. The £20m signing has made just one start in the English top tier this term and may feel a move back to Aston Villa a chance to re-ignite his flagging career.
Downing enjoyed two solid seasons at Villa Park prior to his move to Liverpool in July 2011.
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