Ex-Sunderland striker joins Brighton in bid to save his career

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FORMER Sunderland striker Darren Bent has joined Championship outfit Brighton on loan in a bid to resurrect his career.

Bent today sealed a month-long deal with the Seagulls before tomorrow’s Football League loan deadline after being limited to a bit-part role with Aston Villa this season.

The 30-year-old has found playing-time hard to come by under Paul Lambert, who sent the England international on loan to relegated Fulham last term.

Bent netted 32 goals in 58 Premier League games during a prolific 18-month spell at Sunderland.

But since his controversial £24million departure, his form has dipped, with a modest 24 top-flight goals in the last four years.

The Londoner passed a medical at Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today, before training with his new teammates.

Manager Sami Hyypia told the club’s website: “We are delighted to welcome Darren to the club, and I hope he will score plenty of goals for us during his time with us.

“His record speaks for itself. He is a top-class striker with more than 100 Premier League goals with Charlton, Spurs, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

“Three years ago he was a regular in the England squad under Fabio Capello; there is no doubting his ability to score goals.

“He also wants to play regular games, and that is evident in his willingness to step down from the Premier League to the Championship.”