Villa, Sunderland battle for Spurs striker Bent

Aston Villa and Sunderland are chasing Tottenham striker Darren Bent.

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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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