England forward is desperate to leave the Midlands for a new club.
Aston Villa have not had any offers whatsoever so far this summer for unsettled front man Darren Bent, according to reports in the Sun.
The some-time England international has been deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park after falling out of favour last season under new Villa head coach Paul Lambert, with the 29-year-old not only losing his place up front in attack under the Scot, but also the captain’s armband as well.
As a result Bent, who arrived in the Midlands from Sunderland in Jan 2011 for a club-record fee of £18 million that could rise to as much as £24m depending upon certain add ons, featured in just 23 matches in all competitions for the club, finding the back of the net only six times.
However, Villa are insistent that they will not allow the attacker to depart for less than their £8m asking price, while the player himself will have to take a significant reduction in his current £65,000 per week wage packet if he still wishes to join his first choice Newcastle United this summer.