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Bent poised to join Black Cats
04 Aug 2009 - 08:16:42
Sunderland's assistant manager Eric Black has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent should complete his transfer to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.
The England international is poised to seal his £12million switch after having a medical in the north-east on Monday.
Black told Sky Sports: "We're very close. We're hopeful that he'll be a Sunderland player before the end of Tuesday.
"His record in the Premier League is outstanding, I think he's scored about 50 goals in 100-odd appearances, a phenomenal return.
"He's a big name, he's somebody who has proved he's a Premier League striker, and his return in goals-per-game is exceptional.
"Getting someone like him up here can only be good for us, and if it can encourage one or two others to take the leap we believe we're going in the right direction."
Spurs paid £16.5million to sign the 25-year-old two years ago after grabbing 31 league goals in 68 appearances for Charlton.
Bent went on to find the net 25 times in 43 starts and 36 substitute appearances for Spurs.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has already signed Fraizer Campbell this summer but missed out on the capture of Peter Crouch who opted to move from Portsmouth to White Hart Lane instead.
However, Black has revealed that the club have ended their interest in Wigan Athletic midfielder Lee Cattermole.
He added: "We put offers in to Wigan which have been refused and he's a Wigan player, it's as simple as that.
"We rate him very highly because we had him previously and we think without a doubt he could do a job at Sunderland, but he is a Wigan player and that remains the case."