Aston Villa Place £18m Price-Tag On Out of Favour Striker Darren Bent

Villa Park side want big money for England man.

Aston Villa have slapped an £18m price tag on Darren Bent as they seek to recover most of the money they paid Sunderland for the forward’s services.

The decision-makers at the Birmingham club, owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner, have accepted that the striker is out of Paul Lambert’s plans.

To that end, they are willing to listen to offers but have set the price at the original figure they paid to the Black Cats for the forward just two years ago.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Whilst it’s undeniable that Darren Bent has been one of the most consistent Premier League strikers over the course of the last few years it is unlikely that any interested party will be willing to fork out £18m to land the 28 year old Aston Villa forward.

Perhaps that is Paul Lambert’s intention? The Scot has repeatedly stated that Bent is part of his plans whilst simultaneously either leaving the England man on the bench or in the stands in recent weeks.

A number of sides may well be interested in the former Sunderland and Tottenham man but would probably only offer a figure nearer half the amount quoted and that may well not be enough to tempt the Villa Park side to cash-in on the forward.

Bent has scored 20 goals in 43 Premier League starts for Aston Villa since his move to the Midlands club in January 2011.

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