DARREN Bent could return to the Stadium of Light on the opening day of the season, with Fulham hopeful of concluding a deal for the ex-Sunderland striker.
The Cottagers have been battling it out with Newcastle United for Bent this summer and have seen two bids rejected by Aston Villa for the 29-year-old.
Villa are holding out for £6million for Bent, even though the England international has played no part in the first-team’s pre-season programme.
But Fulham boss Martin Jol, who brings his side to Wearside on August 17, is hopeful of concluding a deal for the former Sunderland favourite this week.
Jol said today: “I don’t speculate on things that are not 100 per cent.
“With Darren Bent, hopefully we can tell you something by the end of the week.”