Last Updated: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:35
Turkish side Galatasaray are being heavily linked with a summer swoop for out-of-favour Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
The England international, who cost Villa a record £24million transfer fee when signed from Sunderland by former boss Gerard Houllier, has endured a nightmare season under Paul Lambert's leadership with first-team action at a premium because of the manager's preference for Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann.
As a result, with Villa struggling for Premier League survival and reportedly aiming to slash the wage bill at the end of the season, Bent is set to be one of the first players who will be allowed to leave.
Villa will reportedly accept around £10million and take a big loss on the money they paid out for Bent and Galatasaray certainly have the resources to take the player having snapped up big-name stars such as Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder this season.
The news of Galatasaray's interest in Bent follows on from numerous reports linking star striker Benteke with a big-money summer move to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, as Villa look to avoid dropping into the Championship between now and the end of the season.
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