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Bent Put Up For Sale?

The Daily Mail are reporting tonight that Villa will allow Darren Bent to leave in January, but only if potential suitors cough up £18million for the transfer fee.

There are no quotes, or even a reference to a source inside the club, but Moxley rarely is far from the mark when it comes to this sort of stuff, and it is a sensible progression given what we've seen lately and Bent's lack of involvement in the first team.

I'm sure as January nears this story won't go away and neither will the rumours, but the bottom line is if Paul Lambert wants more from our forwards then he has to make the decision on who makes up our squad, even if it does mean we lose a finisher of the class of Bent in the process.

If Bent does go, then as long as the money is reinvested and Lambert uses it to get a replacement who more suits his plans, and then strengthens other areas of the team few will complain going off the general consensus on the Bent Departure Forum Thread.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday December 5 2012
Time: 11:42PM


Was always on the cards but i can not see anyone paying £18mill for him........ realistic....£12mill-£14... cant see him being sold for anymore........pity though,if he could have got a partnership going with Benteke it could have been good.would be surprised if we got that type of money though for him..
05/12/2012 23:51:00
Neither can I Jase. 18m fo someone who spends his matchdays on the bench at best?.... IF it is true, then yes, about 12m at best I'd say. Otherwise, PL needs to play him and put him in the shop window.....
Pride of Lions
06/12/2012 00:50:00
Unless a foreign team came in (which I doubt) Id want the 18m just because we are selling to a rival and Id take no less than 15m which Im sure many teams would see as reasonable but I dont want him to go...
06/12/2012 00:52:00
If true, and I repeat if, then it's a very clever move from the club. Cuts out those like QPR, and those below us ergo even if he leaves he won't be joining a club that could do the dirty on us, but at the same time sends the message, he will be used on PL at points, but we are in no rush to strengthen another team unless a £15m average is received which we in turn can seriously use to strengthen ourselves. Much in the way Randy was clever when he said Barry would have to at least attract £12m before we entertain selling, despite his contract status.

All that said, I still wish we'd give him and Benteke a run together in a front 2, or if we are sticking with a front 3 then stick Bent to hang, between Benteke and Weimann as the ball winners.

Problem with that though PoL so far Bent has hardly shone when he has been played, he was dropped unfairly once in my humble but hes hardly done much since really and we have looked more dangerous without him, but as above, there has to be a balance where he is involved but is used simply to lurk in the box.
06/12/2012 01:01:00
I like Bent as I said before the reason I like him is because of the excitement his signing caused, the game against Man City and strong finish we had under GH... I thought we were really going places we had the makings of something which would have rebounded us back into europe IMO... Thats why I like him and thats why I want to keep him its pretty much sentimental selling him subconsciously tells me the club is going in a different direction... However if we did sell that wouldn be the case as I fully trust PL and wanted him before we got Eck... I feel we are two MF signings away from being able to play Bent in the team... as I said though 15m or get on your bike
06/12/2012 03:31:00
We simply need to see more of him in PL's team and to see if he and Benteke could link up. If we sell then it has to be for silly money otherwise we need his experience. UTV.
holte ender 1969
06/12/2012 03:58:00
I'd be extremely sorry to see Darren depart Brum B6, and personally I think that we are making a mistake in offloading him. We seem to have discarded him way too easily. Still, if Lambert feels that Bent has no Villa Park future, and if he can bring in a better finisher to replace him (which after all is the only way forward, bring in better quality to replace who/what you're shipping out), then that's the way it has to be. Hope though that its not a decision that comes back to bite us viciously on the backside. Replacing him, by bringing in a better penalty box predator, which is what we need right now, and what the team is crying out for, will be no easy task.
06/12/2012 06:02:00
Looks like he will be staying then. No club will pay £18mill for him so we might as well play him. Surely he has to play either way - going or not. We need goals and he needs to be in the shop window. I hope he doesn't turn into yet another massive financial loss that we all so often seem to embarrass ourselves with. UTV
06/12/2012 06:29:00
Very well said wenttorotterdam
06/12/2012 07:36:00
His departure would fit the PR management pattern which has emerged at Villa. Reassurances which don't match up with events and then once the fans have got used to the idea, do what was always denied. The thing people need to take on board is that it's not just wages it is amortisation too. So flogging him for the same fee would represent good business for Villa because it would mean the amortisation would be zero instead of £4.5m a year. If Faulkner can pull that off he will surely be in for a slap on the back, if not a bonus.
06/12/2012 09:02:00
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