• Bent's Albion stay may be short-lived

    Darren Bent has made an immediate impact on his arrival on the South Coast, but his stay at the Amex may be short-lived.

    The Villa loanee scored in the second half of his Albion debut, having already been denied twice by Fulham stopper Marcus Bettinelli, including one save
    the 'keeper knew little about.

    In his second Albion appearance, it looked as though the ex-England man had pulled the Albion back into the game at Derby's iPro Stadium when he headed in as the Albion trailed 2-0. Bent's joy quickly turned to despair as he found he had been ruled offside in what was a marginal decision.

    Ahead of Friday's visit of Millwall to the Amex, Hyypia was asked whether discussions had yet taken place to extend Bent's time with the Albion beyond the initial term of one month. It is clearly something Albion fans would clearly be keen to see, but he quickly moved to dampen those hopes: "
    Darren is a great player and Id like to keep him here a bit longer but Im not sure that is possible."

    Bent's Aston Villa contract expires this Summer and the midlands club will be keen for a small return on the player they paid in the region of 20m to acquire from Sunderland in 2011. The January transfer window will be their last chance to do so before he becomes a free agent.

    The striker's wages would be a big hurdle to a permanent switch to the Amex. It is believed that Darren Bent earns c70k a week with the Premier League Club, with the Albion currently covering around 10k of that.


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