Steve Bruce hoping to keep Darren Bent at Sunderland

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted he could have a problem should a club of the stature of Manchester United come calling for Darren Bent.

Bent is the Black Cats' seven-goal leading scorer after an eye-catching start to the season.

The 26-year-old is now a regular in the England squad 15 months after arriving at the Stadium of Light from Tottenham.

Wayne Rooney's unhappiness at United could see the Old Trafford club enter the market for a replacement in January.

But although vowing to keep hold of his star striker, Bruce has admitted it would be hard to keep Bent on Wearside should the Red Devils come calling.

"When you see the records and goal scoring charts Benty is always up there. Rooney, Drogba, Bent. I hope nothing will happen," he said.

"That is a problem all managers face from time to time. It is the nature of football that there are merry-go-rounds but I don't want to pre-empt it.

"At Sunderland we can turn everything down but silly money.

"Ultimately as we have witnessed at Man U player power is unbelievable."

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