Bent signs for Aston Villa in move worth �24m

EX-Ipswich Town striker Darren Bent has left Sunderland for Aston Villa in a move which could end up being worth �24 million.

Premier League strugglers Villa are forking out an initial �18million for Bent, who grew up in Ipswich, but additional add-ons mean the final figure could rise by another �6million.

The England striker could make his debut in Saturday evening’s home Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City.

The four-and-a-half year deal was completed today after Bent agreed personal terms and passed a medical.

The 26-year-old moved from Tottenham to the Stadium Of Light 18 months ago.

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He has scored 81 Premier League goals in the last five seasons - a figure only bettered by global superstars Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney, who have each netted 82.

Bent began his career with Ipswich a decade ago and also had a prolific spell with Charlton before a �16.5million switch to Tottenham in 2007.

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He spent two years at White Hart Lane before moving to Sunderland during the summer of 2009.

In total he has scored 128 league goals in 308 appearances.

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