Liverpool move for Bent denied


Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says Liverpool aren't interest in signing striker Darren Bent during the January transfer window.

The England international has been linked with a move to Anfield this winter, following the eight-match ban being handed to Luis Suarez.

Bent has scored six times for Villa this season, but McLeish is adamant the 27-year-old is staying put and not considering a move to Liverpool.

“People like to speculate and use social networking sites and they are having a field day," McLeish said.

“If there is anybody that wants him they certainly haven’t contacted me and Darren has said he wants to stay at the club.

“Whenever I have asked anyone outside the club I’ve been told flatly ‘No’.

“I have spoken to Kenny and he said there was nothing in it."

Bent made a controversial £18 million move from Sunderland to Aston Villa during last year's January transfer window, and rumours have been abound that he was set to make another January move.

Along with the long ban for Suarez, fellow strikers Dirk Kuyt, who is yet to net in the Premier League this season, and Andy Carroll, have shown little form in front of goal for Liverpool, leading to rumours concerning the club's striking options for the remainder of the campaign.

The likes of Valencia's Roberto Saldado have also been linked with a switch to Liverpool.

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