Last Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:25
Aston Villa are still waiting for a reported follow-up bid from Fulham for striker Darren Bent.
The Cottagers appeared to be keen on the 29-year-old Villa striker last week and, after their initial suggested bid - believed to be worth £4million - was rejected, there were claims from London newspapers that they would return with a better offer.
Newcastle are also said to be interested but they are yet to even make anything like an offer as Villa grow frustrated at the lack of activity over Bent.
It has also been claimed that Fulham may not have actually made a formal bid yet, with reports claiming that they approached Villa and suggested what they would be prepared to pay - which did not meet the Midlands outfit's valuation.
Bent appears to be remaining patient while all this plays out and he must be confident that a club will come out of the woodwork to rescue him from his Paul Lambert-imposed exile from the Villa first team.
He is training away from the first team and was handed squad number 39 this month after his old number 9 shirt went to new signing Nicklas Helenius.
Bent is not expected to play any part in Villa's friendly at Walsall on Wednesday night but is continuing to train at the club's Bodymoor Heath training base.
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