Derby County have announced the signing of former Tottenham and Sunderland striker Darren Bent on a two-year contract at the East Midlands club.
Bent joined Steve McClaren's side in January to add extra firepower to their promotion bid, scoring 12 goals in all competitions.
However it was not enough as Derby narrowly missed out on the play-offs following a faltering end to their campaign.
Aston Villa have taken the option to release Bent on a free transfer, despite paying Sunderland £18 million for his services in January 2011, and Derby have swooped for the experienced Bent.
Bent has struggled to secure a regular place in the Aston Villa side in the past eighteen months, and has sought first team opportunities during loan spells at Fulham, Brighton and also Derby.
Big chance for Bent
The move to the iPro Stadium could offer Bent, a player who has amassed at total of £47m in transfer fees during his career, an opportunity to rebuild his career.
Aston Villa will now look to focus on adding another striker to their squad ahead of the new season, and looking to retain Belgian forward Christian Benteke and Dutch defender Ron Vlaar.
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