Ex-Sunderland striker ‘free to leave Aston Villa’

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FORMER Sunderland striker Darren Bent is free to leave Aston Villa this summer, according to reports today.

Bent marked only his second Premier League start of 2013 with a goal in Villa’s final day draw at Wigan last weekend after finding himself confined to the fringes this season.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is said to be prepared to allow the 29-year-old to leave the club, who has two years remaining on a contract worth around £65,000 a week.

But Villa will have a thankless task in attempting to recoup anywhere near the £24million they paid Sunderland for the England international in January 2011.