Former Sunderland striker Jones poised for Swansea City

Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones.
Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones.
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FORMER Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones looks set to join Swansea City.

A move to the Liberty Stadium looks on the cards for Jones as new Stoke City boss Mark Hughes gets to work on a clear-out at the Britannia Stadium.

Jones came close to moving to Swansea in January, with the Welsh club having a £3million rejected.

But League Cup-winning Swans boss Michael Laudrup is expected to be more successful this summer with the same bid.

Meanwhile, Darren Bent is giving Aston Villa a massive headache as they look to off-load a striker who cost an initial £18m, rising to a potential £24m, to buy from Sunderland.

Newcastle, Fulham and Hull are said to be keen but want to go no higher than £5m, while Villa are holding out for at least £8m.

That figure is putting off pursuing clubs and the £65,000 per week wages Bent negotiated as part of his move to Villa Park aren’t helping either.

Should Bent leave and move for less wages, then Villa will be expected to make up the difference for the last two years of his contract.

And if clubs will not pay more than £50,000 per week, Villa face stumping up an extra £1.5m in wages for the player when he leaves.

It is one of several big financial headaches Villa have, with rarely-used Stephen Ireland on £55,000 per week with another year left on his contract.

And 37-year-old Shay Given, reserve to first-choice to Brad Guzan last season, reportedly still has three years to run on a £60,000-a-week deal.