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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


Not sure thats true - its not that straightforward, and I was echoing what I have seen/read/heard in the last two years. The point here is "Lambert picks the team". Or not. Yep, he picks the team from the squad he's given to pick from. To imagine that , in this day and age, he doesnt have to take direction from the finance dept is naive. Maybe he had the decision to save the cash on Bent addons to spend in January - maybe not. Amounts to the same thing. Even then he may not have the option to decide whether we pay Dazza's wages until July 2015.
07/12/2012 17:19:00
I liked Jimmy Milner as much as anyone on here but to say he didnt want to go is stretching the imagination a bit. If a player doesnt want to leave he just has to say I am playing out my contract, the club have to honour it. Milner and Young at least showed a bit of class in the way they left unlike that toad of a winger who had told us 9-10 months before how much he owed AVFC and the fans.
07/12/2012 13:09:00
"Anti board" is for another day (and goes back partly to a summer in Cambridge many years ago). Were you anti-Doug ever ?? Its possible to support this club without supporting the board on any given day. Two words - Alex Mcleech. Anyway - Lambert has said on the record that its "drivel" and he doesnt want to sell - lets see. I am reminded of the general consensus that O Nearly left because he didnt want to sell Milner, Milner didnt want to be know the rest. I would also like to track down a piece I read in a foreign paper (prob US, like IHT or USA Today - so not the UK rubbish) at the time when Houllier fell ill in 2011....of the many fascinating revelations, one was that Houllier was being told to play certain players. Not sure why thats a story you would just make up.
07/12/2012 12:39:00
Oh heavy d grow up, do you support the club or just exist to bitch about it mate? You're entitled to your view but I'm entitled to say it's tiresome, childish and thoroughly unconstructive. Take your play ground insults elsewhere, there are adults around.

Especially as the classic Villa you talk about actually overinflated fees for Barry, Milner, Young and Downing as our so called poster boys. Give over, and hug your Barbie.

Expat - I'm not sure myself, but surely with Gabby unable to hit a barn door at the moment it's worth trying? Southampton was pathetic, but we could've been 2-3 up. Swansea was better, but apparently that's because they were chasing the game. Give them a couple together and see if Benteke and Weimann can be the provider Bent needs to capitalise on his many ways what have we to lose? If it doesn't work it can be changed at halftime can't it, or it can be used with 20 mins to go etc.
07/12/2012 02:43:00
I agree with you mike BUT here's the thing - I don't think it ever will gel. I'd be happy to be proved wrong. Anyway, lots of hot air from the Daily Fail and everyone's up in arms - heehee.. UTV
07/12/2012 01:50:00
So it's spin because it doesn't suit your anti board Lambert doesn't pick the team outlook? So playing him, making him captain whilst looking to up his game was all a smokescreen? Don't buy it mate, if he goes it's because he's not giving Lambert what he wants, but I still want to see him get a run with Benteke because if they could gel they could be dynamite.
06/12/2012 22:39:00
Thats what we call spin mate. I remain convinced this was a fait accompli the day Lambert reported for duty. Lambert just avoided what happened to Rodgers at Redscouse (ie farmed out Carroll and then couldn't get the replacement in before Sept 1 -quack quack oops) which kind of makes sense but seems like the contract came back to bite him in the ass. Just do it (sell) is what I say.
06/12/2012 22:31:00
Mala, the article said that the decision makers had accepted that Bent wasn't in Lambert's plans. Interesting to see it pulled though, as said no quotes or club source referenced, but not a big leap given his lack of involvement?

Still say I'd love him to get a run with Benteke though to see if they could click and compliment each other.
06/12/2012 21:26:00
They setting eh price high at 18 million so they can negotiate. If they set it at 14, managers would come in with 8-10 million. This way they will likely get around 14 million. It's called psychologically
06/12/2012 16:43:00
I remember at the time Downing went, a lot of Liverpool fans were saying they should sign N'Zogbia instead. I wonder if they would be up for a swap? Wishful thinking, maybe. But sometimes the players just aren't right for the club. If Rodgers thinks he can get something out of N'Zogbia, things could get interesting.
Mark from Dudley
06/12/2012 16:43:00
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