The England striker looked set to become the ambitious club´s biggest ever signing when current employers Charlton accepted the Hammers bid, which would have seen Hayden Mullins going to The Valley. But Bent decided against a move to Upton Park - a decision which appears to put Tottenham in pole position for his signature - and infuriated Magnusson in the process.
"The whole situation left me very frustrated," he said in The Sun. "We were so close to signing Darren and thought everything was in place to conclude what would have been the biggest transfer in West Ham´s history."
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