TRANSFER TALK: Darren Bent transfer fee slashed further in the hopes of attracting clubs like Newcastle United

No laughing matter - Darren Bent's future remains on hold.
No laughing matter - Darren Bent's future remains on hold.
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ASTON Villa look set to take an even bigger hit on Darren Bent than they originally hoped, having now reportedly dropped their asking price by a FURTHER £2m.

The ex-Sunderland striker who left the Stadium of Light in a £24m move in January 2011 has been bombed out at Villa Park with manager Paul Lambert leaving him out of first-team training and there’s no doubt that Bent will leave the club this summer.

But Villa had wanted to claw back £8m on their expensive asset only to find not a single club seriously interested in taking on the highly-paid 29-year-old at that price.

Former England striker Bent’s career has crumbled since leaving Sunderland and while Villa are now said to reluctantly be ready to accept just £6m for him, the player himself might also have to compromise on his £60,000 per week wages.

The Sunday Sun claims though that even £6m might not be low enough to tempt Newcastle, who are at the head of the handful of clubs inquiring about his situation.