Newcastle United target Darren Bent set for Fulham loan switch

ON THE MOVE? ... Villa striker Darren Bent.
ON THE MOVE? ... Villa striker Darren Bent.

ASTON Villa striker Darren Bent is close to agreeing a loan move to Fulham, according to reports.

But Newcastle United could still make an 11th-hour bid to hijack Bent’s proposed season-long switch to Craven Cottage.

Bent was due to undergo a medical today after Crystal Palace conceded defeat in their attempts to take him to Selhurst Park.

United manager Alan Pardew – who worked with Bent at Charlton Athletic – is keen to sign the former Sunderland player, who joined Villa in a £18m deal in January 2011.

Fulham are understood to have agreed a substantial loan fee for Bent, who is keen on a move to Newcastle.

And it remains to be seen whether United make a late bid for Bent.