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Darren Bent is set to make an exit from Villa Park as the rift between the striker and new manager Paul Lambert continues to widen, claimed the Mirror. Liverpool and QPR are expected to lead the queue to sign the 28 year-old in the January transfer window.
Villa paid Sunderland Â£18 million for the striker last January, with add-ons taking the price for Bent up to about Â£24 million. However, since the arrival of Lambert in the summer, the Englishman was handed the captain's armband, then had the captaincy revoked before being pushed to the bench.
The English internationalâ€™s stock has dropped considerably since his move to Villa, with his international career seemingly coming to an end. Bent appears surplus to needs at Villa Park, with Lambert opting for a strike duo of summer signing Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.
Liverpool are desperately in need of a new striker, following an injury to Fabio Borini that leaves just Luis Suarez as the recognized striker on the squad. QPR owner Tony Fernandes is known to be a long-term admirer of Bent and he could also make a move for the striker during the winter. Villa owner Randy Lerner is reportedly looking for Â£12 million for the out-of-favour striker as he looks to cut his losses on the former Tottenham star.
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