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Newcastle deal in the balance because of Aston Villa demands

Darren BentFulham and Newcastle’s pursuit of Darren Bent is hanging in the balance, after Aston Villa slapped an £8m valuation on the striker, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Premier League duo were believed to be keen on the ex-England international, who has been cast into the wilderness at Villa Park under Paul Lambert.

As a result, he was expected to be allowed to move on this summer, but the Midlanders are not willing to let him go on the cheap.

A figure of around £5m had been rumoured as an acceptable sum, but now reports suggest that the fee will be significantly higher.

Both Fulham and Newcastle have baulked at the demands, and believe that the 29-year-old’s worth has been inflated.

The former Tottenham man is currently earning £65,000-per-week at Villa, and the club are said to be desperate to remove this from their expenditure.

The player himself is also hopeful of moving on, which had led to speculation that a deal could be best for both parties.

Newcastle were believed to be winning the battle for his signature, but their interest could cool unless demands are lowered.

The same is true for Fulham, with manager Martin Jol thought to have a restricted budget to work with in the coming months.

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