Bent joins Fulham on loan

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Updated: August 16, 2013

London, England (Sports Network) – Fulham announced Friday that the club has
acquired striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa.

Bent was Villa’s record signing when he arrived from Sunderland in January
2011 but he fell behind Christian Benteke in the pecking order for the Villans
last season.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has a previous relationship with Bent as he signed the
striker during managerial stint at Tottenham.

“Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired,” Jol said. “He has shown in
the Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even
if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating
opportunities for his teammates.

“I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am
confident that he will add to our goals tally this season.”

Bent, 29, scored six goals in 23 appearances for Villa last season.