Alan Pardew is set to meet with new director of football Joe Kinnear and hope to get the green light to press ahead with a move for striker Darren Bent according to the Telegraph.
Kinnear is understood to have cut short his family holiday to hold crucial talks with Pardew, over a month after his controversial appointment as director of football at St James’s Park.
The possible transfer of Aston Villa striker Bent is likely to be high on the agenda when the two men meet, with Pardew desperate to press ahead with a £5million offer for the striker.
Bent, 29, is desperate to leave Villa Park having been frozen out last season under Paul Lambert. The former England man found himself playing second fiddle to Christian Benteke all season, and rarely got a game despite the fact the club spent the whole season fighting relegation.
Rumours of off-the-field problems with Lambert continue to persist, with Bent understood to be currently training away from the first team.
Villa are said to want around £8million for their record signing, although Newcastle are confident a deal can be struck for less.
Bent cost the club £22million in the summer of January 2011. He is set to depart Villa Park with a record of 21 league goals in 54 games.
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