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Spurs Demand £18m for Striker: Fair Price or Rip-Off?

Striker seen as surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane will still cost the Black Cats a mint!

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The Rumour

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is demanding a staggering £18million for Darren Bent.

New Sunderland boss Steve Bruce wants to make the striker his first signing at The Stadium of Light.

But Levy’s huge valuation is putting him off and also making life difficult for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who needs the sale before he can buy new talent of his own.

Bruce was hoping to pay £12m for the pacy front runner – and partner him with another England strike star, Portsmouth’s Peter Crouch.

The Source: (Daily Mirror)

The Analysis

When Darren Bent arrived many believed the price tag forked out was an astounding one and to be fair you could consider the amount paid as not quite so astronomical when you look at the way the transfer market has inflated even further since his move from Charlton.

His first season at White Hart Lane saw him struggle to get a first team spot and he managed just 11 starts and in his second season he came under a stinging attack from Harry Redknapp but still finished the season as the club’s top scorer.

Since the return to the club of Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane It has looked increasingly likely that Bent would have to move on in order to have any chance of progressing and a move to Sunderland would at least give him the comfort of a regular run in the first team but the price tag is causing some consternation.

The Likelihood

Bent to Sunderland: Levy will probably accept a smaller fee in order to re-invest in the squad.

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