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18 Jan 2011 13:30:03

Villa close in on Bent signing

Aston Villa are optimistic of completing the signing of Sunderland striker Darren Bent in a deal worth an initial £18 million deal 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 late this afternoon although this has still to be finalised.Bent's arrival will smash Villa's transfer record of £12million paid for James Milner and Stewart Downing when signing from Newcastle and Middlesbrough respectively.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.


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