Hammer blow as Bent turns down move

CHARLTON confirmed last night that Darren Bent had turned down a move to West Ham.The 23-year-old England striker had been expected to sign for the Hammers today after the two clubs agreed a fee for the player.

By Elvin King

CHARLTON confirmed last night that Darren Bent had turned down a move to West Ham.

The 23-year-old England striker had been expected to sign for the Hammers today after the two clubs agreed a fee for the player.

Charlton were to receive £16million plus Hayden Mullins for the 23-year-old England international - with Ipswich Town due to receive £2.8million thanks to the sell-on clause when Bent left Portman Road for The Valley for £2.5million two years ago.


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But after negotiations with the Hammers, the striker has rejected a switch to Upton Park and the chance to be reunited with the man who brought him to The Valley in 2004, current Hammers boss Alan Curbishley.

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney told his club's official website, www.cafc.co.uk: “We set a valuation for Darren and West Ham were the only club prepared to meet that valuation.

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“This morning we gave them permission to speak to Darren, which he did, and he has decided not to join West Ham.

“We therefore look forward to Darren starting with us in the Championship next season, which is a massive boost to our chance of returning to the Premier League.”

However, Tottenham may have other ideas, having expressed an interest in the former Ipswich striker.

If he does make a big-money move back to the Premiership the extra cash would enable Ipswich to complete the signing of striker Francis Jeffers.

Blues boss Jim Magilton is adamant he wants 26-year-old Jeffers leading his attack next season, but felt Blackburn Rovers' £1million valuation was more than Town could afford.

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