Fulham have today confirmed the signing of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan deal.

Bent endured a torrid time at Villa Park last season, with a hamstring injury and the irrepressible form of Christian Benteke confining him to the bench. 

He made only 23 appearances - most of which were as a substitute - scoring six goals.

He became Villa's club-record signing when Gerard Houllier forked out £18million for the frontman, who has 13 England caps and four goals to his name. 

Despite initially impressing under the Frenchman and his predecessor, Alex McLeish, he fell out of favour with current boss Paul Lambert and was made available for transfer this summer.

Fulham will be gaining a proven Premier League scorer who still has plenty of ability, pace and a knack for scoring goals to offer support to Dimitar Berbatov. 

However, his attitude and work rate has occasionally been called into question.

Manager Martin Jol knows all about Bent's talents, having signed him in 2007 as manager of Tottenham. 

He said of Bent's arrival: "He gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season." 

The Dutchman added: "He has shown in the Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his team-mates."

There is no indication yet as to whether the deal includes an option for Fulham to purchase Bent.

Bent is Fulham's seventh arrival this summer, with Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, former Tottenham team-mate Adel Taarabt and ex-Athletic Bilbao man Fernando Amorebieta all moving to Fulham this summer.


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