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Fulham rival Newcastle for Villa striker Bent

Fulham are competing with Newcastle United for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.

The Mirror says Cottagers boss Martin Jol is keen to boost the west London club's firepower and is ready to move for England striker Bent, who he previously signed for Spurs in 2007.

Bent is understood to be willing to take a pay cut from his £70,000-a-week wages to revive his career after being frozen out at Villa under first-year boss Paul Lambert.

Villa want £6m for a player they signed from Sunderland for £18m in 2011, and are ready to listen to offers.

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