Bent´s 15 goals last season could not prevent Alan Pardew´s men escaping the drop and the 23-year-old´s move from The Valley had been anticipated since defeat to Spurs in the final week of the season when relegation was sealed.
West Ham made the first move for Bent but he turned down the chance to be reunited with Alan Curbishley, who bought him to the Premier League from Ipswich two seasons ago.
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