According to the Daily Mail, Darren Bent is on his way to Liverpool.
The £24 million pound man is rumored to be unsettled at Ville Park and would jump at the chance at joining Liverpool.
Selling Bent would be detrimental to Alex McLeish’s plans but club finances dictate that should the Villa manager want to strengthen his side then almost every player is susceptible to a bid. Villa paid £24million for Bent last January and would want more to justify the sale to fans.
Bent has a lot of admirers at Anfield, not least director of football Damien Comolli, who helped take him to Tottenham from Charlton for £16.5m in 2007. He also has a good relationship with ex-Villa team-mate Stewart Downing and the other members of the England contingent at Liverpool.
However, his arrival would bring Andy Carroll’s long-term future at the club under the microscope once again.
Boss Kenny Dalglish has been a staunch supporter of the £35m signing from Newcastle and there were signs of a promising partnership with Steven Gerrard during Friday night’s 3-1 win over his former club.
But a signing of Bent’s magnitude would put serious pressure on places up front with Luis Suarez almost an automatic pick, although Suarez will likely be out for eight matches following the FA’s damning report.
I am not overly impressed with Andy Carroll so far and I would implore Kenny Dalglish to go for this proven, established England striker so that we can move up the table.
We badly need a natural goal-scorer and Darren Bent certainly fits the bill.
He is worth 15 goals a season and with Suarez likely to be out until mid-Febuary at the earliest, I would urge Commoli and Kenny to add him to our ranks.