Aston Villa close in on Bent signing
Aston Villa are optimistic of completing the signing of Sunderland striker Darren Bent in the next few hours.
Sources close to Villa insist it is a case of "dotting the i's and crossing the t's" before they can formally announce the capture of Bent.
It is hoped Bent will be unveiled at a Villa Park press conference later this afternoon although this has still to be finalised.
The deal could eventually be worth £24million to the Black Cats with add-ons.
Villa fans have often craved a marquee signing and 26-year-old Bent will fit the bill.
He has scored 81 Premier League goals in the last five seasons - a figure only bettered by Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney with 82 apiece.
Bent's signing will take Villa's potential spending in this transfer window close to the £30million mark after already signing Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun for £6million.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier is still interested in Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam and is also looking to bring in a new left-back.
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