Aston Villa are ready to sell Darren Bent in January.

The People says Liverpool and QPR will be alerted to the availability of the England striker who has been dumped on the bench by his club and stripped of the captaincy.

Villa will listen to offers in the transfer window for a player they paid £18million to Sunderland for 18 months ago. The deal rises to £24m with add-ons over the course of his contract.