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Why West Ham might be the best fit for Darren Bent

Forget Liverpool, or QPR, the club the Aston Villa outcast should join is... West Ham.

Darren Bent's future continues to be the subject of speculation, and we wouldn't be surprised if he has packed his bags at Villa Park already after failing even to make the bench at the weekend, and not for the first time.

Clearly there has been a fallout between he and manager Paul Lambert, and it is just a question of where he will go next, rather than if.

Liverpool have been mentioned as a potential destination, but Reds fans are split unevenly on the signing, with 66 per cent of fans against a potential transfer.

Another club recently linked are QPR, and on the face of it, a move would make sense. Bent needs regular football, and QPR with Bobby Zamora out injured are in need of a forward, and their league position outlines that too.

Yet Bent may be less than reluctant to link up with old boss Harry Redknapp, who mocked him at Spurs after missing a chance 'his wife could have scored.'

Which brings us to another club where Bent may thrive; West Ham.

The Hammers have been impressive this season, and sit 10 places above Villa in 8th, a fact which won't be lost on Bent. It is an achievement they have done more or less without an effective strikeforce.

They have plenty of strikers, but ones who are struggling for any semblance of form. Carlton Cole is yet to net in 11 games, Modibo Maiga has 1 in 9, and last season's hero Ricardo Vaz Te has 1 in 7.

Andy Carroll netted a consolation against Spurs, his first in 11 matches this season. He will hope the goal sparks him into form, but if it does not, the Hammers may have to consider other options.

And of those options, Bent would have to stand out, as a far superior upgrade to Carlton Cole.

He may have cost Villa £18 million two seasons ago, but Paul Lambert is doing a handy price of driving his price down by keeping him on the bench. West Ham may be able to pick him up for around £10 million - That is the figure suggested in the latest Bent to Liverpool claims.

Considering West Ham had a supposed bid upwards of that figure rejected for Carroll by Liverpool in the summer; they have the money, and while Bent may be 29, you only have to look at Manchester Uniteds purchase of Robin van Persie - the same age, at £24 million, to see that sometimes the price is worth paying for a guaranteed goalscorer.

And Bent is exactly that. While he has only two this season, that is more a product of feeling unwanted at Villa. Everywhere else he has been he has scored goals, and plenty of them.

Allardyce is an excellent manager at getting players to feel wanted, and re-invigorating careers. He can do just that with Bent, and a potential little and large partnership with Carroll could just enhance the England prospects of both players.

What do you think? Would Bent be a good January signing for West Ham?

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