Redknapp eyeing Bent reunion.
Harry Redknapp, who will be officially presented as Queen’s Park Rangers manager today, has deliberately understated the resources at his disposal, suggesting that he would be permitted only “one or two loans” in January though the club has already committed to back him in the transfer market.
Rangers’ desperate need of a striker may also see him seek out Darren Bent. The 28-year-old, out of favour at Aston Villa, finished top scorer for Spurs in the season Redknapp took over and took the club to eighth.
Rumours linking Aston Villa striker Darren Bent with a January exit are gathering pace after the England international was omitted from the Villains’ matchday squad for the 0-0 bore draw with Arsenal.
But the Independent’s claim that new QPR boss Harry Redknapp could move for the 28-year-old seems farfetched in the extreme.
Whether he’s your cup of tea or not, Bent has scored goals wherever he’s played and would surely have better offers than the relegation-threatened Hoops, who Redknapp or no Redknapp, remain clear favourites for the drop this term.
Liverpool, for instance, are sure to be interested in Bent if he became available and, with Brendan Rodgers’ side so reliant on Luis Suarez for goals, the former Tottenham forward is exactly what is required at Anfield.
The QPR link also seems spurious because of Redknapp’s history with Bent. It’s true that the forward finished top-scorer under Redknapp in 2009/2010 season at Spurs but he struggled for a regular first team place and was never a favourite of ‘Arry.
Indeed, Bent was left furious when Redknapp famously claimed his ‘missus could have scored that’ after Bent missed a point-blank header against Portsmouth.
The pair’s relationship reportedly was never the same again and no matter how unhappy Bent is at Villa Park, it’s tough to see him agreeing to a reunion with Redknapp in West London.
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