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Aston Villa Ready To Sell Striker Darren Bent For £5m

The striker has had a frustrating season at Villa Park, regularly starting games on the bench.

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Aston Villa are ready to let striker Darren Bent leave the club for £5 million with Newcastle, Hull City and Fulham all interested in the 29 year old, the Sun reports.

Newcastle are thought to be leading the race to sign Bent and will be pleased that Villa’s valuation of Bent has lowered to a move affordable price.

Villa did want £8 million for the striker, who cost a club record £24 million when he signed from Sunderland in January 2011 but have cut £3 million off their asking price just to get the striker off their books.

Bent often found himself on the bench last season for Villa despite the clubs brush with relegation.

Manager Paul Lambert often preferred Christan Benteke to Bent up-front, leaving the 29 year old lacking in appearances for the first team.

Lambert has made is quite clear that Bent is not part of his future plans and the striker has been left out of the clubs tour to Germany this week.

Bent’s advisors are set to meet with Villa bosses this week and the club could make further compromises just to get the player off their wage bill.

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