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West Brom fail with loan bid for Villa striker Bent

West Bromwich Albion have pulled out of talks for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.

The Daily Star says Baggies boss Steve Clarke was hoping to pair Villa's £24m misfit with new signing Nicolas Anelka.

But Villa pulled the plug on their interest when they realised their local rivals were only interested in getting Bent on a loan deal.

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