Josh Weatherly looks at how each transfer affects another this summer.
Former Spurs boss Jol, who signed Bent from Charlton Athletic, then managed by now Newcastle boss Alan Pardew look set to lodge a third bid after having two bids of close to four million pounds knocked back by Villa, who are believed to be holding out for closer to six million.
Villa boss Paul Lambert will be pleased at this bit of transfer activity, as the opening door at Newcastle for Gomis means he may finally be able to close the door on Bent at Villa once and for all. It leaves the Cottagers with no competition to Darren’s signature. His wage demands have deterred most clubs from pursuing any interest in him, which is believed to be a big reason why Lambert wants him out as he looks to clean up the finances as well as revamp and revitalize the squad into a younger, hungrier and more cost efficient side.
Bent’s career has been intermittent for over a season now with injury hindering his participation in latter stages of Alex Mcleish’s reign. This was followed by his bit-part role from the bench last season. His goal scoring record can’t be denied when played, but with Christian Benteke’s widely acknowledged exploits last season taken into pre-season after signing a new contract, life after DB39 is already paved and planned for. There’s also the prospect of 22-year-old Danish striker Nicklas Helenius to look forward to, in the hopes of watching another Benteke-esque stature unravel from enigmatic to emphatic in his first season. Along with Andi Weimann committing to the club and young Jordan Bowery biting at the bit for his chance the future is bright.
The synergy of the transfer window never ceases to amaze, with one transfer creating the power to allow another to go through, be it through the freeing up of space, lack of competition for a signature or the provision of funds to pursue a costly target. On a higher scale in the world of football at large, you’ve got the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid saga. Spurs were reluctant to pay £25 million for Benteke, who somehow found it hard to justify paying such an amount for a young, prolific striker, albeit at an early stage of his career. Last week, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado made the move to White Hart Lane from Valencia in a 26-million-pound deal, adding further fuel to the fire that Bale could be on his way to the Bernabeu. Could Spurs be spending big, bracing themselves for a big fee in spite of losing one of their star players, who happens to be arguably one of the best players in the world?
Paul Lambert will just be happy that Benteke signed a new deal, avoiding any last-minute big money deals.
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