EPL Transfer News: Paul Lambert Confirms Darren Bent is Close to Completing Fulham Move

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Aug 16, 2013 12:36 AM EDT
Darren Bent Aston Villa
Aston Villa forward Darren Bent is on the verge of completing a move to Fulham"


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert confirmed Darren Bent is at Fulham, with the striker undergoing a medical before sealing a season-long loan move.

Bent has found it extremely difficult to break into the first XI under Lambert and it was widely expected that the striker would leave Villa Park before the transfer window shuts.

Fulham had a couple of bids turned down by Villa, before agreeing on a season-long loan with an option of making the switch permanent next summer.

"He's just away down to Fulham," Lambert said.

"I think it's well-documented now that he's down there having a medical and that's the last I've heard."

Fulham manager Martin Jol had earlier chosen to be cautious over reports suggesting the Bent move was a done deal.

"I don't know what's happening," Jol said. "Darren's probably doing his own thing. We're not sure about it.

"We don't speculate on players and can only give an answer when a deal is finalised. We'll see in the next day or two.

"We need quality up front and we're trying to get someone in that position in the next week. We need some pace up front."

Jol also hit back at Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway who said Bent had agreed to join Fulham from Villa.

"People were telling me yesterday that he was having a medical at Crystal Palace. That is changing every day," Jol said.

"I thought yesterday (Wednesday) that he was going to Ian Holloway. It's tough in the Premier League.

"I'm not sure if other managers should say things like that, because we are not 100 per cent sure about any player and I have a few players on the list.

"Maybe some geezer told him he was coming to us. Maybe he's right, maybe not. We'll see in the next day."

Jol, meanwhile, said he would be happy to keep John Arne Riise in the side if the left-back fails to find a new club before the transfer window closes. Riise has fallen down the pecking order at Craven Cottage and is reportedly looking to move on.

"John is a fantastic player and deserves to play and that was the only conversation we had," Jol said.

"If he's the second choice at this club, I'm not sure he'll be a happy customer.

"But if he stays I'll be happy because if something happens to Kieran Richardson then I have another fantastic left-back."

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