Villa Park side smash their transfer purchase record to sign Stadium of Light goal machine.
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Striker Darren Bent is on the verge of completing a move from Sunderland to Aston Villa, the BBC has learnt.
A fee of £18m is believed to have been agreed for the England international after he handed in a transfer request.
“The fee starts at £18m, rising with add-ons to £24m,” said BBC Radio 5 live’s Pat Murphy.
It is understood the 26-year-old could be unveiled at Villa Park later on Tuesday afternoon depending on how negotiations progress.
Bent joined the Black Cats for an initial £10m from Tottenham in August 2009 when he signed a four-year deal with the north-east club.
His shock move to the Midlands outfit would smash Villa’s previous transfer record when they paid £12 apiece in signing James Milner, who has since joined Manchester City, from Newcastle and Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough.
Bent’s signing would also be a show of faith from Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner in manager Gerard Houllier, despite the Frenchman struggling to steer the club away from the relegation zone since taking over in September. (BBC Sport)
Good deal or bad deal? Some will say the price is way way too much, but is it? Well it may be. However it is worth noting that Darren Bent is one of the most consistent Premier League strikers of the past five years and has scored goals wherever he has played, that said Steve Bruce has seen his £10m investment increase in value by quite some way over the past 18 months.
The signing does show that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is fully behind Gerard Houllier and such a big signing may persuade the likes of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing not to leave as a groundswell of interest in both wingers continues to increase.
So Aston Villa fans, happy?
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