Villa striker looks set for move to St James’ Park.
Darren Bent is reportedly keen on joining up once more with his former manager Alan Pardew at Newcastle according to The Telegraph.
The pair know each other well from their time together at Charlton where Bent first made a name for himself as a regular top flight goalscorer.
He has arguably failed to reach the same heights following moves to Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa and Bent is hoping that Pardew might be able to inspire some goals in him once more.
Bent is ready to leave Aston Villa after finding himself increasingly marginalised at the club. Despite being the club’s record signing and captain upon his arrival, Paul Lambert has sparingly used Bent in his Villa side since joining the club from Norwich last summer.
Lambert has tended to prefer young Belgian forward Christian Benteke who finished the season as the club’s top scorer.
Bent knows he is not getting any younger and would prefer to move to a new club than spend another season without regular action.
Newcastle boss Pardew is keen to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer as the club failed to adequately replace Demba Ba, who joined Chelsea during the previous January transfer window.
It is thought that Villa would accept a bid in the region of £6 million.