Fulham ready to bid for Villa outcast Bent

Fulham are favourites for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.

Fulham are favourites for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.

The People says Bent, 28 injured his hamstring on a rare outing in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at Norwich earlier this month. But he is due to return to full fitness by mid-January and Villa remain open to offers.

Fulham boss Martin Jol could meet Villa’s £8million asking price, though Bent might have to take a minor cut to his £65,000-a-week Villa wages to move to Craven Cottage.

Jol has money to spend after the £15m sale of Mousa Dembele and, although Fulham have four senior strikers in their squad, the Dutchman is keen for an out-and-out goalscorer.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp could also join the bidding, although his spending power at Loftus Road is limited.

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