Villa striker set for January move

Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent appears set to depart Villa Park in January, with QPR amongst his potential suitors.

Bent failed to make Villa’s match-day squad for the draw with Arsenal and the win over Reading, despite being passed fit following a brief spell on the sidelines.

The England international had lost his place in the side to Christian Benteke prior to his injury blow, but it would seem as if Bent has slipped even further down the pecking order.

Villa boss Paul Lambert has insisted he isn’t “actively looking” to sell Bent and the latest reports suggest the forward has no plans to hand in a transfer request ahead of the January transfer window.

However, that does not necessarily mean Villa and Bent are not open to offers and QPR boss Harry Redknapp has indicated he is planning a January swoop.

Redknapp and Bent had a dispute when the pair were at Tottenham and the then Spurs boss stated his wife could have scored a chance the striker missed against Portsmouth, but as far as the QPR boss is concerned that is water under the bridge and he is keen to be reunited with the former Sunderland frontman.

“I like Darren. I’ve got no problems with Darren Bent,” the QPR boss said. “I just made a comment that maybe I shouldn’t, when I said I think my missus would have scored when he missed a header that day. I can laugh at myself, I don’t mind.

“It was obviously difficult, he didn’t like it and that was sort of it really, and within no time he decided that he didn’t want to stay.

“But I think he’s a good player. I’d like to have Darren Bent available, believe you me. He can score goals. I’ve got no problem with Darren as a boy or as a player. I think he’s a good player.”

There have been reports that Villa will owe Sunderland a further installment on the striker’s transfer fee if he reaches 50 appearances for the Midlands club, with the striker currently on 47 appearances for Villa.