Darren Bent death threats after £24m Aston Villa move

20 January 2011 12:12
Darren Bent has received death threats from Sunderland fans on Twitter over his controversial £24million switch to Aston Villa.

The striker, who is at the centre of a 'tapping-up' storm, has been on the end of a torrent of abuse from angry supporters.

One tweeted: 'I hope you die painfully, remember what we did for you.' Another posted: 'Die, Judas.'

Centre of attention: Darren Bent enjoys his first day in training with Aston Villa

Bent handed in a transfer request at the Stadium of Light on Sunday before completing his surprise move to Villa Park.

One fan warned: 'Look forward to seeing you return to the Stadium of Light next season, watch your back sunshine.'

Sunderland and Villa are currently at loggerheads after a row exploded over Villa's alleged tapping-up of the England international.

Meanwhile, Villa star Ashley Young has hailed the arrival of Bent as they look to rise up the Barclays Premier League table.

He said: 'Darren will bring a lot to Villa. He scores goals - that's number one in his game - but he brings other attributes too.

Standing firm: Gerrard Houllier is hopeful Bent can lift Villa away from the relegation zone

'But if you do look at his record in front of goal it's very, very impressive - he's the highest scorer behind only Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba.

'It's huge for us. He's a massive signing. Everyone is delighted that the club has been able to pull it off. I think he just wants to get his head down now - get into the training and into the games.

'Obviously I've come across him on international duty and know him really well. He's a top lad. I am sure he will add to what we've got here. He will fit in, no problem.

'It's easy for anyone to fit in at our place because we have a terrific team spirit and a real bond. He'll be comfortable straight away. He's looked sharp already - and he's only had one training session!'

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