Englishman is now facing an uncertain future in the Midlands.
Unsettled Aston Villa front man Darren Bent’s hopes of a move to either Fulham or Newcastle United this summer now appear dead in the water, leaving the Englishman facing the very real prospect of once again spending next season on the substitutes’ bench at Villa Park, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The England international has already been informed by Villa head coach Paul Lambert that he has no future in the Midlands and will not be part of his first-team plans at the club next season, with Bent having been made to train with the reserves and fellow Villa outcasts Shay Given and Stephen Ireland after returning to training earlier this month.
However, the 29-year-old had been hoping to seal a move to either Fulham or Newcastle before the summer transfer window slams shut once and for all for the year on Sept 2.
Those plans though are now in tatters after the Magpies sealed an £8 million move for Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis last week, and now the Cottagers are understood to be unwilling to meet Villa’s £6m valuation of their forward.
So far, Fulham boss Martin Jol has lodged two bids with Villa for Bent, who has scored 25 goals in 64 appearances for the club, the second of which was worth £5m, but the west London club are refusing to go any higher than their last offer.
And that means that Bent is heading for another campaign being sidelined at Villa, unless the two clubs can come to some sort of agreement over his sale.