Bent could make the switch to south London.
Unwanted Aston Villa striker Darren Bent could be given a get out by Premier League new boys Crystal Palace as the club ponder a £6m bid for the 29-year-old, reports the Mirror.
Both Fulham and Newcastle United have shown interest in the Englishman in recent weeks, but neither have been willing to meet the Villans valuation of the forward.
Bent fears that if no side are prepared to pay £6m then the attacker could spend another year in the reserves and waste 12 months when the England international is in the latter stages of his career.
Palace are looking to recruit strongly this summer in a bid to stay in the English top tier, after gaining promotion via the play-offs from the Championship.
However, signing Bent would mean the club would have to break their club record transfer fee twice withing a matter of weeks, after spending £4.5m on Peterborough’s Dwight Gayle.
The striker has had an indifferent time at Villa Park since making an initial £18m switch from Sunderland in January 2011, starting well by scoring nine goals in 16 matches at the end of the 2010/11 season.
However, a less prolific time in the 2011/12 campaign saw Bent fall out of favour and last year new manager Paul Lambert decided the forward was not in his plans – especially with the emergence of Christian Benteke as a deadly goal-scorer.
Yet with 103 Premier League goals to the attacker’s name there is not doubting Bent’s credentials and Palace could perhaps do with someone of the Englishman’s experience.