Liverpool have ruled out making a move for Darren Bent in the January, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Merseyside club were linked with a move for the 28-year-old over the weekend as rumours of his unhappiness with current club Aston Villa continuing to circulate.

Bent was dropped for Villa’s recent matches against West Brom and Tottenham – although came on to grab an equaliser against the former – while boss Paul Lambert has also stripped him of the captain's armband.

Liverpool were previously linked with a move for Bent during the 2011 winter transfer window, but are unlikely to reignite their interest this time round.

According to the Mirror, Bent does not fit the criteria the Anfield club are currently looking for, with his age proving to be the biggest issue.

Bent turns 29 in February and would likely command sizeable wages, something which sits in contrast to Brendan Rodgers’ approach of giving young players a chance to shine.

In the aftermath of the summer window Liverpool were linked with a move for former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who was then available on a free transfer, however Rodgers vetoed the idea, saying short-term expensive fixes weren’t the way forward – an approach which would seemingly rule out a move for Bent.

Bent is contracted to Villa until 2015 so would likely command a hefty fee, another factor that would seemingly put Liverpool off.

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