Villa Park forward set to complete loan switch with a view to a permanent move to Anfield in the summer.
Darren Bent ‘closes on Liverpool loan’ as Rodgers reveals lack of funds
Darren Bent is reportedly closing in on a January loan to Liverpool after being axed by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert
Now Liverpool, who are in desperate need of extra firepower, are believed to already be in negotiations with Villa over taking Bent on loan until the end of the season with a view to making the move permanent in the summer.
A temporary signing would be the ideal solution to Liverpool’s striker problems, as Brendan Rodgers admitted after his side’s 0-0 draw with Swansea that funds may not be available to bring in a permanent recruit.
‘If we can get in the quality in the final third we need to support what we have, then there will be enough to keep the team moving forward,’ said Rodgers.
Though Darren Bent was fit and available for selection for Aston Villa’s home encounter with Arsenal, Villa Park boss Paul Lambert opted instead to not select the England man, not even in a sub role, opting instead to name youngster Jordan Bowery as his back up forward. This has led to growing speculation that the 28 year old is set to leave Villa Park.
This source believes the two clubs are already in negotiations over a loan with a view to a permanent switch in the summer. This would of course depend on whether Bent impresses during that spell but given his consistent form over the past few years one would imagine there is a good chance he would score goals at Liverpool, after all he has scored goals regularly wherever he has played.
There can be few more underrated strikers in England than Bent, a player who very rarely gets the credit his strike-rate deserves.
Often the target of boo-boys the former Tottenham man has scored goals wherever he has gone but for some reason never gets anything like the plaudits he should. Being forced out of the Aston Villa picture will not sit well with the Tooting born forward who would surely jump at the chance of a move to Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers has to rely solely on Luis Suarez for goals and even when fully fit, Italian Fabio Borini is yet to prove himself and beyond this pairing the Liverpool manager then has to consider the use of talented, but raw, teenager Adam Morgan.
Bent has scored 20 goals in 43 Premier League starts for Aston Villa, and 32 goals in 58 top tier appearances at Sunderland, where the striker bounced back from an overall disappointing spell at White Hart Lane where he was in and out of the first team picture.
Prior to his big money move to Tottenham Darren Bent had amassed 92 goals with Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.
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