Newcastle boss Allardyce: British talent too expensive

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce admits it's too expensive to buy British.

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He told the Sunday Times: "There's such a shortage of experienced Premier League players available that we are getting Darren Bent, with just over two years at top level behind him, going for £16m. I wouldn't say Bent is the proven article yet, but he cost Tottenham £16.5m. Compare that with Arsene Wenger getting [Eduardo] Da Silva, a proven international striker, for €12m [£8m] and probably half Bent's wages, and you'll see why good judges buy abroad.

"It has become a worldwide search. In my playing days, clubs could look around at home and come up with a top centre-forward, like [Paul] Mariner, [Joe] Royle or [Malcolm] MacDonald. What have we got on offer in Britain now? [Peter] Crouch, [Kevin] Davies and [Shola] Ameobi. Enough said."

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