Both Bent and Jones have fallen down the pecking order at their respected clubs, and manager Tony Pulis looks to swap Kenwyne Jones + cash for England International Darren Bent.
Bent has only started just seven Premier League appearances since Paul Lambert moved to the Midlands in the summer and the 29-year-old, who was signed from Sunderland for £18 million is rumoured to want to push for a move away from Villa Park.
It was said that Alan Pardew was interested in Bent, but Villa will be asking "daft money" for a player who is arguably no better than those we have already.
And . do we REALLY need an ex-Mackem?
Source: Newcastle United Mad