Bent is gunning for Tottenham

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Sunderland defender Michael Turner has warned Tottenham that former striker Darren Bent is gunning for them.

The 26-year-old left White Hart Lane in a £10million summer switch to Wearside after finding himself surplus to requirements under Harry Redknapp.

However, he has been a revelation at the Stadium of Light and heads into Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting between the two sides with 21 goals to his name this season, 20 of them in the league.

Turner said: "To score that many goals in a team which has been at the wrong end of the table is very impressive."

He added: "He's had a great season and I think there's more to come from him. He's always looking to score in the next game, especially so on Saturday."

Sunderland had eased their fears of being dragged into a relegation fight with a run of nine games which brought just a single defeat before Sunday's comprehensive 3-0 reverse at Liverpool.

They remain eight points clear of the drop zone in 13th place, but manager Steve Bruce believes they need a least need more win to be sure of retaining their top-flight status for another season.

Bruce admits he does not know where they would have been had it not been for Bent's potency in front of goal, and has consistently championed the striker's claims for a place in England boss Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

Turner for one is convinced his team-mate still has plenty more to offer this season as he attempts to catch the Italian's eye.

He told Sunderland's official website, "I knew before I came here that Darren was always going to score goals, and he hasn't disappointed.

"Twenty goals in the Premier League is a great achievement - and there are still six games to go. He's just an out-and-out goalscorer and I'm sure he can add to his tally before the season is over. Everyone would like to have him in their team."

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