Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane...Darren Bent?

Well according to one source, the Fulham forward is set to follow in the footsteps of a a lot of Premier League strikers who have made the trip over to Major League Soccer.

In a piece from MLS Transfers - posted on the MLS' official website -, they explain that according to a source close to Bent and his agent that the 30-year old has been in contact with the league and preliminary talks have begun to get the striker over to North America.

From the article:

"As recent as 2012, Bent was optimistic about MLS. "The MLS is improving all the time," Bent said in this interview with the Philadelphia Union website. 'The standards keep on going up. I have been impressed with the MLS; it's definitely getting better and better.'"

Bent gained himself a great reputation as a goalscorer in the earlier part of his career, nailing 32 goals in 58 league games during his time at Sunderland before making a mega £24 million pound move to Randy Lerner's Aston Villa side in 2011. 

The goals have dried up since that move, with Bent finding himself shipped out on loan to relegation battling Fulham this season, bagging just three times for the under-performing Cottagers.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man has made 13 appearances for the England national team, but is far away from being named to Roy Hodgson's 23 man squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Bent will look at the success of Jermain Defoe ever since he joined Toronto FC in February. His former Spurs teammate was given an incredible reception by home fans, quickly becoming a hero after netting 3 goals in his first 3 games before suffering an injury. 

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