Derby sign Darren Bent on loan until end of the season

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Derby County have completed the signing of Darren Bent on loan until the end of the season. 

The 30-year-old will join from Paul Lambert's Aston Villa, and will be aiming to fire Steve McLaren's side to a promotion back to the Premier League after a seven-season absence.

Brighton spell

The news is somewhat surprising given that Bent had been on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, scoring twice in five appearances. 

However the resignation of Sami Hypia plunged his future into uncertain waters, and despite Chris Hughton taking the reins, Bent will now be plying his trade at Pride Park instead. 

He had previously spoken of his desire to remain in Sussex but interest from McLaren, who gave him two of his 13 England caps, ultimately turned his head. 

Villa outcast

The latest loan move in his career shows there is no way back for him at Villa, despite their current woeful form in front of goal. 

They have scored just once in their last three games, and slumped to a draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend to further harm their hopes of staying in the top flight. 

Christian Benteke is struggling but still looks their most potent threat in attack, and the decision not to keep Bent in their ranks could prove costly by the time the season draws to a close in May. 

Proven goalscorer

Bent could be tailor-made for the rigours of the Championship having been one of the country's most consistent domestic goalscorers over the past decade. 

He found the net 37 times in 79 appearances whilst at Charlton Athletic, and managed 25 whilst at Tottenham Hotspur despite often playing second fiddle to Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko. 

At Sunderland he scored 36 times in 63 appearances, but despite Villa parting with £24million to secure his services, he was shipped out to Fulham last term and is unlikely to ever play for them again. 

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