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Sunderland Close in On Tottenham Striker Darren Bent

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Interesting transfer news are out and it has been reported that talks between Sunderland and Darren Bent are progressing after the Tottenham striker was given permission to speak to the Black Cats about a potential club-record transfer.

It is reported that the 25-year-old England international did not travel with Tottenham for their pre-season trip to China on Monday since a deal was finally clinched for Portsmouth’s Peter Crouch, the former Charlton forward was allowed to remain at home to negotiate a move away from White Hart Lane.

An increasingly frustrated Sunderland manager Steve Bruce had threatened to pull the plug on a deal but it is now back on after Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp found a replacement in Crouch, a player Bruce was also keen on signing.

It is believed that no fee has yet been agreed but the initial figure is likely to be in the region of £12 million, which would eclipse the £9m Sunderland paid to Hearts for goalkeeper Craig Gordon two years ago, and the deal could rise higher depending on the deal struck between the clubs.

Redknapp has claimed an agreement is imminent but it is unlikely anything will be concluded on Tuesday.

Harry also said that Darren Bent could move and is close to completing the deal with Sunderland.

Despite a frustrating two seasons at White Hart Lane Bent scored 25 goals in 79 appearances, of which only 43 were starts and newly appointed Sunderland boss, Steve Bruce is keen to add some proven quality to his forward line having already signed 21-year-old Fraizer Campbell from Manchester United to support Kenwyne Jones.

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