Cats complete Bent swoop

05 August 2009 06:54
Sunderland have finally wrapped up the signing of Darren Bent following a protracted pursuit of the Tottenham Hotspur striker. Bent, 25, has joined the Black Cats on a four-year contract for a club record fee of £10million to bring to an end a lengthy period of negotiations between the two clubs. The England striker had been in trouble with Spurs last week after a verbal outburst on a social networking site after he feared his proposed move to Wearside had fallen through. Bent, who cost Spurs £16.5million from Charlton Athletic in 2007, is the fourth signing made by new Sunderland boss Steve Bruce since taking the reins at the Stadium of Light. Fraizer Campbell, Lorik Cana and Paulo Da Silva have all also joined the north-east club in recent weeks. "Darren is a fantastic player so I'm thrilled to have him at our football club," Bruce told the club's official website. "He has pace and is a natural finisher so he will be a great addition to our strikeforce, giving us new attacking options. "You just have to look at his goalscoring record in the top flight to realise Darren is a huge signing for this football club."

Source: ESA

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