Last Updated: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:05
Fulham are reportedly poised to join the race to sign out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
Villa splashed out a reported £24million to sign the England international striker from Sunderland back in 2011 but are now ready to cut their losses and let him leave for a fraction of the price, with £6million being mooted as their valuation.
Crystal Palace have been heavily linked since winning promotion to the Premier League, while reports on Wednesday suggested that Newcastle have entered the running as Alan Pardew looks to sign at least one new striker following Demba Ba's departure to Chelsea in January.
However, Bent might not fancy a move back to the north-east where he plied his trade for Newcastle's deadly rivals Sunderland.
That would leave Palace in the running to try and lure Bent back to London, but Cottagers boss Martin Jol has now also been linked as he attempts to find a strike partner for Dimitar Berbatov next season.
The Cottagers would not be able to match Bent's £70,000-a-week wages at Villa Park but the offer of regular first-team football in the build up to next summer's World Cup in Brazil might be enough to persuade the former Charlton and Tottenham man to take a pay cut and return to the Capital.
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