Villa, Sunderland battle for Spurs striker Bent

Aston Villa and Sunderland are chasing Tottenham striker Darren Bent.

The Daily Record says Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is believed to want the Spurs man on a year-long loan deal but Villa boss Martin O'Neill has leapt to the front of the chase for the Englishman as he plans to use the £18m he will get from Liverpool for midfielder Gareth Barry.

Bent was on Sunderland boss Roy Keane's wanted list even before Kenwyne Jones was struck down with a long-term knee injury.

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