Liverpool look at Aston Villa’s Bent, Rooney lined up by Paris St-Germain and Ronaldo could be heading to Chelsea

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FORMER Sunderland striker Darren Bent has been told he is free to leave Aston Villa – putting Liverpool on red alert.

Bent joined Villa for £18m two years ago, but has fallen out of favour under Paul Lambert this season.

Liverpool have been long credited with an interest in the England hitman, and the Daily Mail reports today that the 29-year-old has been told by Villa he is free to leave Aston Villa this summer.

Other transfer stories:

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, is reportedly being lined up for a £40m move to Paris St-Germain. Full story: Daily Mirror

Paris St-Germain are believed to have made direct contact with Rooney over a big-money summer move. Full story: L’Equipe (in French)

Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, has hinted he would like to extend his Stamford Bridge stay until 2016.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon claims forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, could be heading to Chelsea. Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool are believed to be refusing to loan 28-year-old winger Stewart Downing to Fulham but are prepared to sell him to the London club. Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham say they are confident of being able to sign 20-year-old forward Romelu Lukaku from London rivals Chelsea. Full story: Metro

Montpellier have put a price tag of 100m euros (£85.4m) on 23-year-old midfielder Remy Cabella, a reported target for Arsenal. Full story: talkSPORT

Napoli are believed to want Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez and striker Fernando Torres. Full story: Daily Mirror

Hull City look set to launch bids to sign Wigan free agent Maynor Figueroa, Burnley’s Charlie Austin and West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie. Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are ready to launch a £36m double bid to sign 27-year-old Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and forward Leandro Damiao, 23, from Brazilian club Internacional. Full story: Daily Express