Paul Lambert to Begin Aston Villa Clear Out With Darren Bent Sale

Striker told he is free to leave the club.

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Darren Bent has been informed by Villa that his services are no longer required as the club look to begin a summer clear out according to The Daily Mail.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen to revitalise his squad after finding himself embroiled in a relegation battle for most of the season.

Bent could be one of the first to be shown the door as the player has publically expressed his desire for first team football.

The England striker is the club’s record signing, having arrived at the club for £24 million from Sunderland, but he has found himself increasingly marginalised this season following the arrival of young Belgian striker Christian Benteke last summer.

Lambert has made it clear that Benteke will remain his preferred choice up front and with Bent hitting 30 years on his next birthday, both club and player are happy for him to seek a new employer.

It is thought that Villa have accepted that they are unlikely to receive half of the figure they paid to Sunderland for his services.

Bent is likely to be followed out of the Villa exit door by defender Eric Lichaj and goalkeeper Andy Marshall. The pair’s contract expires in the next few days and neither is set to be offered new terms.