Newcastle consider surprise move for Villa outcast Bent

Newcastle United are eyeing Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent.

The Daily Mail says the Magpies are understood to be keen to take the England striker to the north-east in a cut-price move that will test the forward's desire to remain in the Premier League.

A fee of around £6m will be sufficient to secure the services of the 29-year-old forward who has played a bit-part at Villa Park under Paul Lambert.

But Bent's £70,000-a-week deal could prove a stumbling block to the deal progressing as Mike Ashley is reluctant to overpay.

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