Magpies set to shortly seal deal for unsettled Villa marksman.
Fulham are no longer interested in signing unwanted Aston Villa front man Darren Bent this summer, according to reports in the Sun.
The experienced England international has no future at Villa Park after being told by head coach Paul Lambert to train with the reserves during the close season, with the Midlands outfit said to be desperate to get Bent’s massive £80,000-per-week salary off their wage bill.
However, it had been expected that both Fulham and Newcastle United would go head to head in the battle to sign the prolific striker, although that does not now appear to be the case after the Cottagers backed away from any such deal due to the size of the 29-year-old’s wage demands.
All of which has now cleared the path for the attacker to move to St James’ Park and once again be reunited with former manager Alan Pardew, with the pair having worked together previously while at Charlton Athletic between 2005 and 2007.
Bent found the back of the net on 37 occasions in just 79 matches under Pardew’s coaching in the south east of London, including 31 strikes in only 68 Premier League contests, form in front of goal that the Newcastle manager will be hoping Bent can reproduce once again in the north east next season.