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Aston Villa Drop Asking Price For In-Demand Striker Darren Bent

Villa Park side ready to listen to greatly reduced offers for England international.

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Aston Villa slash £3million off their asking price for want-away striker Darren Bent, reports The Sun.

A host of Premier League clubs are looking to pounce on the transfer listed forward, who lost his place to Christian Benteke in the Villa line-up this past season, and are only looking for a nominal £5million fee for the prolific forward.

Newcastle are interested in signing Bent, along with London clubs West Ham and Fulham, as well as newly-promoted Hull City. The club-record signing has been left out of Villa’s pre-season tour squad, as he seeks a move away from the club which Villa are pushing for so they can remove his £65,000-a-week wages off their books.

Boss Paul Lambert left him on the sidelines last season in favour of Christian Benteke and has made it clear the 29-year-old is not part of his plans. Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for the forward, but played the waiting game when it came to the fee, refusing to pay the initial £8million asking price, which has since been reduced, bringing with it the interest of several other clubs.

The Hammers are also very keen on Bent as they seek a strike partner for Andy Carroll, and having spent the bulk of their summer’s budget on the former Liverpool man, a cut-price move for Darren Bent would be very affordable for West Ham. Hull and Fulham are looking to add to their limited attacking options through acquiring Bent, but are unwilling to meet the asking price.

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