West London club look set to land Villa striker.
Fulham look ready to beat their rivals to the signing of Aston Villa’s Darren Bent after it emerged that the club were preparing a third bid for the striker according to The Daily Mail.
The Cottagers have previously had a £4 million rejected for the former Sunderland, Tottenham and Charlton man.
Fulham returned with a restructured deal, involving more of the fee being paid up front, but Villa are holding out for a higher fee.
That has prompted Fulham to weigh up their options, with reports suggesting the club could now make a third bid, closer to Villa’s £6 million valuation.
Newcastle had been favourites to sign Bent but it appears they have fallen away in the race for the player’s signature after Bent’s representatives were left unimpressed following a meeting with Magpies’ Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
It is understood that Kinnear insisted the club would be offering only half the financial package currently being proposed by Fulham, leading the player to believe he may well be better off in West London.
Bent was Villa’s record signing, arriving from Sunderland in a £24 million deal two years ago, but he has fallen out of favour with current boss Paul Lambert, to the extent that he is currently training away from the club’s first team.