Newcastle, Fulham and Hull City will fight it out for the signature of Aston Villa forward Darren Bent.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will accept bids as low as £5 million for the club’s record signing Darren Bent, according to The Sun.
Newcastle, Fulham and Hull City have all shown an interest in the former England forward, who only managed three league goals last season.
Bent fell down the pecking order at Villa Park, and was kept out of the team by Belgian forward Christian Benteke, who bagged an impressive 23 goals in all competitions.
Joe Kinnear, Newcastle’s new director of football, admitted in a controversial interview with talkSPORT that recruiting a new striker is his first priority this summer.
Fulham are looking to add raw goals to the touch and guile of Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz, and Hull City have made multiple bids for strikers already this summer.
Newcastle are said to be in pole position for Bent’s signature, who would be keen on playing first-team football in an attempt to force himself back into the England set up in the run up to next summer’s World Cup.
Aston Villa were looking to recoup £8 million for Bent, but are now willing to accept £5 million, as they are desperate to offload his £65,000 per week wages.
The striker is set for showdown talks with Villa bosses this week.