“There’s been no contact, but obviously it’s something I would be open to. It’s a club close to my heart. That’s where it all started for me, I had a lot of good days there and a great relationship with the fans,” Bent explained.
“As I say, I’d definitely love to have a conversation with Ipswich. The team hasn’t got off to the best of starts and it would be nice to try and help out if they need another striker. I see that one area they have been struggling with has been scoring goals and that’s something I’ll always back myself to do.”
Bent has been a free agent after his contract expired with Derby County in the summer, following a three-year spell at the Pride Park club where he netted 22 goals in 73 league appearances.
Ipswich haven’t endured a good start under new manager Paul Hurst as they currently find themselves in the Championship’s bottom three, therefore the prospect of Bent’s return has divided opinion among supporters.
We only have 2 fit strikers & there is an ex-international proven goalscorer begging to come back. It's a no-brainer isn't it? If we subsequently find out he is finished at this level then we've lost nothing!— Despicable ME (@reuserisgod) October 12, 2018
We shouldn’t need him to play many games though, we only really need a sticky plaster until January and if it turns into any more than that then all the better.— Joe Fairs (@joefairs) October 12, 2018
Think emotional pull helps us attract a player on more preferential terms as opposed to more of a mercenary
I'd do this regardless.. Jackson and Harrison haven't exactly stepped up to championship football #itfc— Liam O'Sullivan (@Liamosully88) October 12, 2018
He looked over the hill last time he played here. I get the sentimental side of it, but I don’t think he cuts it at this level any more— Phil Kerridge (@KerridgePhil) October 12, 2018
Heart ruling head, it won’t be the fairytale most fans wish for.— Tristan Ashby (@TristanJAshby) October 12, 2018
sorry no i would rather keep him in my mind as he was ...a sharp striker. he is 34 with no match fitness he wouldnt be up to speed until xmas and will probably be injured. gamble on something younger— paul mcgonigle (@paulrmcgonigle) October 12, 2018
He was desperate to sign for Rangers last week, mercenary!— Scott Fisher (@ScientistScott) October 12, 2018
No brainier for me, Darren bent proven goal scorer without a club, basically offering his services on a plate to #itfc— Haz (@Harry_Ems98) October 12, 2018
For me we should offer him a low ish wage deal on a 6 month contract, literally nothing to lose
Wasn't Darren Bent saying just a few weeks ago how much he'd love to join Rangers? Sounds like he'd love to sign for anyone who'd have him.— Oi, Mario, pipe down (@JohnSlaterITFC) October 12, 2018
Saying that the way our strike force is looking it'd be an improvement to bring him in as long as he doesn't want too much money. #ITFC
The Tractor Boys are in need of added attacking threat and the injury to Jonathan Walters means they are light in terms of options upfront. Signing Bent, even if to add numbers, could make sense in this regard.
But Bent turns 35 next February, and as such there will no doubt be plenty of queries over his fitness levels at Championship level despite his knack of being able to find the back of the net.
The former Aston Villa man is a born goal scorer, but if he no longer has the speed of thought and movement to get into the right areas then he would be a wasted player leading Ipswich’s line and a potential hindrance.
Just over a month ago, Bent also said he would like to sign for Glasgow Rangers north of the border (Talksport).