DARREN Bent’s hopes of joining Newcastle United look slim to non-existent – as the figures don’t add up.
The Aston Villa striker is reportedly “keen” on a move to St James’s Park.
While Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who worked with Bent at Charlton Athletic – is an admirer of the 29-year-old, it seems the club will look elsewhere in its search for a forward this summer.
Bent’s age, his £6million price tag and his £70,000-a-week wages all are significant obstacles to any deal.
The club’s transfer blueprint revolves around bringing younger players to St James’s Park who will have a sell-on value.
And Bent, keen to force his way back into the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup finals, will turn 30 before the end of next season.
While United’s hierarchy could make an exception to their policy of recruiting players under the age of 27, the target would have to represent exceptional value for such a deal to get off the ground.
Bent’s ability and experience would strengthen Pardew’s attacking options.
But it seems the only chance of the former Sunderland player heading back to the North East would be if Villa were prepared to let him leave on a free transfer.
However, the club – which paid £18m for Bent two and a half years ago – are determined to recoup some of their outlay, despite their keenness to get him off their books.
Pardew’s desperate to add another striker to his squad before the start of the season, but the club has opted not to bid for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll, despite the 24-year-old’s apparent interest in returning to St James’s Park.
And Andreas Weimann, another target, this week signed a new three-year deal at Villa.
United have a long-standing interest in St Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the 23-year-old is keen to join a club in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Monaco have been linked with a move for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye.
The cash-rich club are looking to strengthen in all areas this summer after promotion to Ligue 1.
Monaco’s chief executive officer, Vadim Vasilyev, told L’Equipe: “Yohan Cabaye? He is an exciting player.”
The comment has led to speculation that Monaco will make a firm bid for the France international.
Cabaye this month suggested he would like to one day play for Manchester United.