Former Spurs striker Bent set to make his debut for Sunderland at Hearts

07 August 2009 03:07
Sunderland's new record signing Darren Bent will make his debut at Hearts on Saturday.

But Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is still without Paraguay captain Paulo da Silva because he cannot get a visa to leave South America.

Bruce has revealed the 29-year-old centre-back is stranded in Mexico City following his move from Mexican club Toluca.

Put your shirt on me: Striker Darren Bent will face Hearts on his Black Cats debut

Bruce said: `Getting Darren is testimony to the club and what we'retrying to achieve and where we're coming from. He's the right calibre,good goalscoring record, great character and most importantly, hewanted to come here and play on the big stage.

'We're delighted we've got him. We had to make sure we got the right value and I think that £10 million is good value.

'I've been delighted with the four signings we've brought throughalthough poor Da Silva unfortunately cannot seem to get here and wehaven't seen him for two or three weeks because of visa problems. He'sstuck in a hotel room in Mexico waiting for a stamp to get into thecountry, it's very frustrating.'

Scotland Number One Craig Gordon misses the return to his former club as he continues his recovery from summer knee surgery.

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Source: Daily_Mail