Spurs look to re-sign poacher.
Tottenham Hotspur are to continue their summer rebuilding programme with a bid for Aston Villa finisher Darren Bent.
The 28-year-old is already the north Londoners record signing after joining the club from Charlton for £16.5 million in 2007 and Spurs are ready to make an unprecedented move to re-sign Bent in a £20 million deal.
Bent spent an unsettled two years at White Hart Lane and was often overlooked by former boss Harry Redknapp before moving to Sunderland for £18 million in 2009.
Redknapp has now left the club and managerless Spurs are preparing a surprise bid to bring Bent back to London. Despite their lack of a boss, Spurs are set to complete the signings of Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson before the end of the month and Chairman Daniel Levy and his advisors, which include former player Tim Sherwood, are now ready to move for Bent.
The former Ipswich town striker has an enviable record in the Premier League, having scored 32 league goals in 58 appearances at the Stadium of Light and 18 in 38 at Villa Park.
Bent is comfortably playing as a lone striker and Sherwood has advised Levy that Bent would be the perfect front-man, playing ahead of playmaker Rafa van deer Vaart.
Emmanuel Adebayor remains Spurs top target but his wage demands are making a deal for the Manchester City forward increasingly unlikely.
New Villa boss Paul Lambert has already ruled out selling Bent and will not welcome Tottenham’s interest.