Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has revealed that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish told him he is not interested in signing Darren Bent.

McLeish was speaking after watching his side reach the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory at Bristol Rovers. England striker Bent, 27, who joined Villa from Sunderland a year ago, has been linked with a move away, with Liverpool reportedly among the favourites, and he played in Saturday night's win at the Memorial Stadium.

McLeish has insisted that the player will not be sold, and said: "If there is anybody out there that wants him they certainly haven't contacted me and Darren has said on the record he wants to stay at the club. Whenever I have asked anyone outside the club I've been told flatly 'No'. I have spoken to Kenny and he said there was nothing in it."

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