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Fulham sign Darren Bent from Aston Villa on a season-long loan

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 17:07 | Comments

Darren Bent was also a target for Newcastle and Crystal Palace
Darren Bent was also a target for Newcastle and Crystal Palace

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Fulham have signed Darren Bent on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

Bent, 29, was Villa's record £18m signing when he arrived from Sunderland in January 2011 but he slipped behind Christian Benteke in the pecking order at Villa Park last season.

Fulham manager Martin Jol signed the striker when he was in charge of Tottenham and is delighted to bring the England international to Craven Cottage.

Jol said: "Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired.

"He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his team-mates.

"I'm delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season."

Bent scored six goals in 23 appearances for Villa last season.

He becomes Jol's seventh summer signing following the arrivals of Adel Taarabt, Fernando Amorebieta, Derek Boateng, Sasha Riether, Ange-Freddy Plumain and Maarten Stekelenburg.

Meanwhile, Villa have allowed striker Nathan Delfouneso to rejoin Blackpool on loan until 1 January, having spent last season at Bloomfield Road.

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