Aston Villa’s Darren Bent linked with move to Turkey

The 31-year-old is a target for Super Lig side Konyaspor, although Derby County remain keen.

Aston Villa’s Darren Bent is a target for Turkish side Konyaspor, according to Eurosport.

The forward is set to become a free agent when his contract expires in the summer, although manager Tim Sherwood did reveal last month that he would consider offering him a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.

Bent had found game time limited under former Villa manager Paul Lambert, deciding to go out on loan to Championship side Derby County in January, scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances as they narrowly missed a return to the Premier League.

The Rams are also keen on a deal for the former England forward, per the BBC, with their chief executive insisting their sacking of Steve McClaren and subsequent hiring of Paul Clement has not changed their stance in that regard.

Derby will face competition from Turkish side Konyaspor, who finished in 8th place in the Super Lig, having only returned to the top flight in 2013.

A move to Turkey seems unlikely for the 30-year-old though, who has proved with his performances that he is more than capable of still doing a job for a number of clubs in England.

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