Fulham To Offer Improved Bid For Wantaway Aston Villa Striker Darren Bent

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But Newcastle are set for a tussle to land his signature.

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Fulham are set to up their offer for unwanted Aston Villa striker Darren Bent this week but face a battle with Newcastle United to land his signature as the Magpies continue to look to boost their attacking prowess, the Mirror reports.

Martin Jol’s men had seen an initial bid of just over £4.5 million knocked back by the Midlanders, but they are now thought to hve made an improved offer that is closer to Villa’s £6 million valuation.

However, they have one rather large obstacle in their way as Newcastle United’s director of football Joe Kinnear confirmed that he is set to meet the striker’s representatives later this week in the hope of thrashing out a deal to bring the former England man to St James’ Park.

Kinnear has yet to make a signing for the club since being given his appointment earlier in the summer and will be feeling the pressure to finally bring somebody on board.

Bent, 29, told Villa fans last week that his days at the club were numbered. This was then confirmed by the club releasing their squad numbers for the upcoming season, which saw Bent drop from number nine to number 39 – the number he held when he originally joined the club in January 2011.

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