Darren Bent is at the centre of a transfer controversy after comments attributed to him were posted on an internet networking site.

The 25-year-old striker has reportedly hit out at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as his proposed move to Sunderland drags on. A Twitter account in Bent's name on Thursday night carried a series of scathing attacks on Levy, who is said to be playing hardball over the fee for player.

Bent then went on to add: "Why can't anything be simple? Sunderland are not the problem in the slightest."

He added: "Do I wanna go Hull City? NO. Do I wanna go Stoke? NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland YES."

It is thought Levy is attempting to recoup the £16.5million that Tottenham paid to sign Bent from Charlton two years ago, while Sunderland were hoping to pay £12million rising to £14million.

The move had seemed to be imminent when Bent was pulled off Tottenham's trip to China at the last minute on Monday, but little progress has been made since.

Bent finished as Tottenham's leading goalscorer with 17 last season.

Early on Friday morning, the account in Bent's name was removed from Twitter.

Anyone logging in to the account, db10thetruth, found a message saying 'This page does not exist'.

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