Aston Villa and Derby County fans react on Twitter to Darren Bent transfer

Darren Bent

Bent left Aston Villa, to sign on a free transfer with Derby County.

Darren Bent was released by Aston Villa, to complete his free transfer to Championship side Derby, as confirmed by the official Rams website.

He became Derby’s second signing of the day, following the move for Alex Pearce, and it is a real coup for the Rams, with the 31-year-old striker an exceptional forward at Championship level.

He has penned a two-year deal, with the option for a third, having spent the second half of last season on loan at the iPro Stadium. He established himself as a key player, scoring 12 goals in 17 games, but he arrived a time when the Rams were struggling for form, and his goals were not enough to retain their play-off push.

He may have struggled during his time at Villa Park, but he proved his quality with Derby, and if he scores at the same rate as he did last season, the Rams should have no trouble putting up a strong push for promotion next term.

Despite the departure of Steve McClaren, and the arrival of Paul Clement as head coach, Bent moving on a permanent deal to Derby was never really in doubt.

Following the move, Derby and Aston Villa fans reacted on Twitter to the news, with many impressed as to the Rams signing of a proven Premier League striker.

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