Newcastle United Place Aston Villa Striker Darren Bent and Hammers Defender James Tomkins at Top of Summer Wish-List

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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has received the backing of new director of football Joe Kinnear as the Magpies set their sights on a pair of Premier League talents according to the Daily Star.

Pardew hopes to bring in Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent and West Ham defender James Tomkins and will look to Kinnear to help push on with moves to bring the duo to St James’ Park this summer.

The moves to bring in Bent and Tomkins are apparently at the root of something of a breakdown in the relationship between Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr, who has been largely responsible for the influx of French talents over the past 12 months.

Bent, a former Sunderland striker, could be available for a relatively small fee given that Aston Villa appear to have no need for the England international, who made just eight Premier League starts in 2012/13.

Tomkins could prove a tougher nut to crack as Sam Allardyce is not likely to be looking to sell the 24 year old, who has been at the East London club since the age of eight.

Pardew may feel that even though Fabricio Coloccini is set to stay at the club he could well do with further strength in depth in his Newcastle United defence.

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