NEWCASTLE United have lost out on another striking target – Darren Bent.
Fulham today confirmed that the Aston Villa striker had joined the club on a season-long loan.
Newcastle yesterday made an 11th-hour bid to hijack the move.
But Bent’s sizeable Villa Park wage was an issue, and the 29-year-old has instead joined Fulham.
The England international could make his debut against former club Sunderland tomorrow.
Fulham Manager Martin Jol said: “Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired.
“He has shown in the Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal.
“Even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates.
“I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”