The Cottagers snap-up the England international.
Fulham have signed Aston Villa forward Darren Bent on a season-long loan as the Englishman ends a difficult spell in Birmingham.
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The striker was a club record signing for Villa when the side bought the 29-year-old from Sunderland for an initial £18m in January 2011.
However, when new manager Paul Lambert took over at Villa Park in the summer of 2012 the former Norwich City boss was not a fan of the England international.
Initially Bent was named captain under the Scot, but that title was swiftly taken away and the attacker had very few first team opportunities in 2012/13 as Christian Benteke continued to shine.
Yet bringing in Bent could prove to be a very shrewd signing form Fulham boss Martin Jol, as with 103 Premier League goals in 256 appearances the Englishman has plenty of experience in the top flight.
Prolific spells at Charlton Athletic and the Black Cats have come between less happy periods at both Tottenham Hotspur and now Villa and the striker will be hoping to get his career back on track once again at Craven Cottage.
Bent joins what is beginning to look like a formidable attack for the Cottagers, with Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz already at the club, whilst QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt has also been brought in on-loan for the upcoming campaign.
Meanwhile Villa move one step closer in their clear-out process, with Stephen Ireland and Shay Given the only two players remaining on Lambert’s unwanted list.