Darren Bent (r) of Aston Villa looks on from the bench prior to the Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg between Aston Villa and Bradford City at Villa Park on January 22, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Darren Bent wants to leave Aston Villa and Stoke are keen to land the striker and budding young keeper Butland before the transfer deadline
Tony Pulis is expecting Peter Crouch to leave the Britannia Stadium today and that means he would like to sign a replacement, with Darren Bent ticking the right boxes for the Stoke City manager.
Bent has gone from hero to zero at Villa Park, with the former England striker being demoted to the reserves by Paul Lambert this season despite the fact that the Villa manager was positively enthused by the forward when he arrived at the Midlands club.
However, Christian Benteke has become the main man for the Villans and Stoke now appear ready to offer Bent a way out today, with Pulis keen to give the striker a new lease of life at the Brit.
Stoke are also keen to sign Jack Butland from Birmingham City after Chelsea’s attempt to sign the young keeper failed due to the fact the player doesn’t want to warm the bench at Stamford Bridge.
It is thought that the Potters would have to stump up £3.5 million plus appearance fees for Butland, although it suggests that Asmir Begovic might not be at Stoke City for much longer, especially as the youngster wouldn’t be leaving Birmingham unless he had the guarantee of first-team football elsewhere.