The former England international was frozen out of the Villans’ first-team last season, with Paul Lambert opting to field Christian Benteke as his lone front-man.
The Belgian’s impressive form makes a return to a starting berth for Bent unlikely, which has prompted speculation that the poacher may move on in the coming months.
Newcastle are said to be keen to take the 29-year-old to St James’ Park, but are only willing to do so for a knock-down fee.
The Magpies value Bent at around £6million, a significantly lower figure than the Midlanders paid for his signature in 2011.
The prolific front-man’s wage demands may be an issue – he earns around £70,000-per-week – but the Magpies are hopeful that a desire to play regularly and break into the England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup may tempt him to reduce his expectations.
Despite featuring infrequently last season, Bent still managed to register three league goals, illustrating that he still has the razor-sharp edge that saw him once regarded as on of the top penalty area predators in the country.
The London-born hit-man has a wealth of top flight experience having played for Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland and Villa.
Has Darren Bent still got what it takes to be a top Premier League striker? And could Newcastle be on the verge of an absolute bargain?
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