Newcastle United and Hull City are both set to launch bids to sign Darren Bent for a cut-price fee, according to the Mirror.
Bent signed for Aston Villa for £24m from Sunderland in January 2011, but after a bright start he has since suffered with injuries, while the form of Andreas Wiemann and Christian Benteke has limited him to 16 league appearances, in which he has scored just three goals.
However, Bent is still a proven goalscorer, and should his fitness be better he will score more goals which is why the 29-year-old is so sought after.
Newcastle are in need of a striker after Demba Ba left for Chelsea for £7m and Bent fits the bill for Alan Pardew and new director of football Joe Kinnear, who has said that signing a striker is their number one priority.
The fact that Bent will not cost a lot of money helps the matter as it is unlikely Newcastle would break the bank to pay a large fee along with Bent's wages, which is likely to be a stumbling block in this deal depending on how low Aston Villa are willing to drop his price.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce, who signed Bent for Sunderland in 2009 for £10m, is also keen. Bent scored 36goals in 63 appearances for the Black Cats and Bruce is still an admirer - and is prepared to pay £6m.
After gaining promotion Hull are financially capable of signing Bent and they are also in need of firepower and proven Premier League goalscorers -and at price like that Bruce will know it's a bargain.
Bent, now aged 29, is seeking a chance to revitalise his career - and with the World Cup next year he could put himself back in the frame for an England call-up rather than fizzle out like many before him.
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