Newcastle United Director of Football Joe Kinnear Chasing Darren Bent & James Tomkins

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Newcastle’s new director of football is trying to put the recent furore about his appointment behind him.

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Joe Kinnear will get to work at Newcastle and try to sign the club some quality players and he has targeted Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and West Ham’s James Tomkins according to the Daily Mirror.

Both players are thought to be targets of manager Alan Pardew and Kinnear will now get to work to try and sign the pair.

Kinnear has also spoken to chief scout Graham Carr and is keen to make progress with his new job.

Pardew is desperate to sign a striker and a central defender this summer and sees Bent and Tomkins as key signings for the club this summer.

Bent looks set to leave Aston Villa this summer following a frustrating season at Villa Park where he spent most of his time on the bench as manager Paul Lambert looked to use youth over experience.

Pardew feels that Bent’s experience in scoring goals in the Premier League could be vital for Newcastle going forward but the Magpies may have to pay around £6 million for the striker.

James Tomkins could be available for around £5 million but it is unknown whether Newcastle would be able to pay that much with the search for a striker taking precedence.

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