Bent urges winger signing

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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent isn't ready to jump ship following the departure of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young and is urging the Villa Park hierarchy to sign Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan Athletic.

The wing pair and Brad Friedel have all left the club this summer, leaving Alex McLeish with a re-building job in his first summer as Villa manager.

Bent, who scored nine goals following his transfer from Sunderland, is confident the club can overcome the summer's major losses.

"Marc Albrighton is coming through, had a tremendous season last season and is only going to improve," he said.

"Any striker needs good service and Stewy and Ash give you probably the best in the division.

"But it’s going to be a big season for Marc, who impressed me a lot when I came in. I’m sure he’s going to grow and he might find himself on the verge of winning a full England cap.


"I’m sure the manager’s got ideas up his sleeve on who he wants to bring in and I’m sure whoever he does bring in will help me score goals and Villa in games.

"N’Zogbia would be fantastic. He’s a top quality player who is always getting linked to top clubs.

"If we can get him down here that will be tremendous for myself, being a striker and getting service and also for Aston Villa.”

The 27-year-old also made an impact for his country last season, scoring against both Switzerland and Wales to keep England moving in the right direction in their quest to qualify for Euro 2012.

However, Bent isn't looking to move on following some big name departures.

“I wouldn’t say it has effected me with the club at all,” he added.

“It’s still a fantastic club to play for with a massive fan-base. What Stewy and Ash did was for their careers – Manchester United and Liverpool are two of the biggest clubs in the world.

“But me, I’m more than happy to be here and play for Aston Villa. It’s a terrific football club.

“I’d like to be here for the long haul. I’ve only been here for six months and its gone really well. I want to build on that and hopefully this season will be as successfully personally as last.”

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