The former England striker has been valued at £6 million by Aston Villa.
Darren Bent looks set to end his nightmare at Aston Villa by signing for Newcastle United according to the Daily Mirror.
The signing of Bent could be seen as a tweaking of Newcastle’s transfer policy, where the club normally buy young players who they can sell on for more than they bought them for.
This would change with Bent, who at 29 should be in the peak years of career.
After Newcastle narrowly avoided relegation last season, club boss Alan Pardew feels that the team need a proven goal scorer so he has to try and persuade the club to sign a player they are unlikely to sell on for very much.
Bent was once one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers but he has endured a frustrating season at Villa Park, with manager Paul Lambert keen to focus on youth, meaning Bent would often start on the bench.
Newcastle will hope that Bent’s goals will help the side steer clear of relegation and be in the top half of the table next season.
The club are also hoping to keep hold of midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The Frenchman has been linked with Manchester United and AS Monaco and it is believed that Italian club Roma are also interested.