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Should Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent take his talents abroad?

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been linked with a switch to Newcastle. But should he look abroad instead?

Darren Bent's Aston Villa nightmare continues amid reports the striker has been banned from training with the first team upon his return to pre-season.

Whichever the rights and wrongs of Paul Lambert's treatment of him at the club, what is clear is that he needs to move on for the sake of his career.

But where?

Newcastle United are the side linked most strongly over the past fortnight, where he would break the trend of Frenchman arriving through the club's doors.

Fulham and West Ham are other clubs linked, and then there are the predictable options of the promoted sides, although you would think his falling out with Steve Bruce would probably rule out Hull.

For a striker who at 29 should be at the peak of his powers, its a frustrating scenario for Bent to see his career grinding to a standstill.

The 2014 World Cup should have been firmly in his sights but at present it couldn't be further away.

So while the Premier League options may be there for him, none with the possible exception of Newcastle - which offer dangerous unpreditability more than anything else - are particularly upwards steps from Aston Villa.

The real solution to the striker's troubles may come by virtue of a move abroad. 

A growing number, if still very slender, of Brits are doing just that, with Scott Carson forging a career in Turkey and even Joey Barton echoing Joe Cole by spending a season on loan in France last season.

Bent has a solid goalscoring record, which could net him a move to a title challenging side in another country if he is willing to think outside the box.

A lack of inspiring options saw Joe Cole choose Lille two seasons ago when he hit a brick wall at Liverpool. Bent would be well advised to do the same.

Whether he can win back his England place is another matter, because right now he simply needs to win a club place.

At this point the biggest issue for Bent is if offers from abroad come in, the striker has to ask himself, 'why not?'. 

Where do you think is the best club for Bent?

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