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Sunderland On Verge Of Bent Signing

bentDarren Bent finally looks set to seal his Premier League transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland after the clubs agreed a fee for the 25 year old.

The deal is believed to be worth £14million and will bring to an end a lengthy and eventful pursuit from Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.

Bent finished as Tottenham’s top scorer last season with 17 goals but has fallen out of favour with manager Harry Redknapp and would have been fifth choice striker, had he chosen to stay at White Hart Lane.

Steve Bruce declared an interest in the England international early in the summer but it has taken a long time for the two clubs to agree a fee and Bent’s frustration was highlighted last week after he posted an online rant on social network site Twitter. The striker accused Spurs chairman Daniel Levy of disrupting the deal but has since apologised, saying: “I appreciate that transfers are seldom straightforward.

“I regret my actions and did not intend to offend Daniel Levy or anyone with the nature or the content of my posting.”

However it seems a safe football bet that Bent’s actions have not put off his prospective new manager, who told the Sunderland Echo: “Footballers aren’t just objects. There’s a human being in this who is obviously caught up in the middle and wants his future sorted out.”

Bent is currently in the north east for a medical and should become the Black Cat’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Lorik Cana, Paulo Da Silva and Frazier Campbell.

Tottenham’s strike-force will be cut to four, however Redknapp has not ruled out further signings and is actively tracking Real Madrid forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

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  1. RaiderRich

    August 7, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Newcastle fans may be in the championship, but at least they get the consolation of the following tabloid headline:

    “Sunderland Gets Bent”

  2. Mark

    August 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I see the Black Cats in the top half this year with Bruce at the helm. Last year they were in turmoil with the managerial change. Things will settle down for Sunderland this year and they will have a great season.

  3. steve

    August 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

    the bottom is so bad, Sunderland should be one of the best of the mediocre….which means 9th/10th place.

  4. Ian

    August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I can’t see Sunderland finishing in the top half at all. They were very fortunate to avoid going down last year – in fact, they stayed up purely because their local rivals were even worse than they were. 36 points they finished with didn’t they? Steve Bruce is hardly going to turn that round all by himself is he?

    They had a weak squad last year and what newcomers will change that? – Bent may score a few, but he’ll miss plenty more. Frazier Campbell has some promise but he’s not a regular goalscorer. They will struggle for goals again I think.

  5. Rob

    August 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

    He will score as many goals, if not more. Tottenham were skanky in the way they behaved with this transfer. They should be fined by the F.A. or docked points. The transfer fee should have gone toa tribunal.
    Sunderland will be a top half team this season with Steve Bruce at the helm. Lorik Cana looks to be a wonderful buy and he is a winner all the way.

  6. Ian

    August 5, 2009 at 9:40 am

    £14 million for Bent is insane. Not quite as mad as 20 million for Lescott, or whatever City will supposedly pay, but bonkers all the same. Sunderland will still struggle this year, and I would be surprised if they aren’t involved in a relegation battle.

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