Sunderland cash in on £18m Darren Bent, as Spurs swoop for Pienaar

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Striker Darren Bent has moved from Sunderland, initially for £18 million. This fee could though rise up to as much as £24 million. Bent  undoubtedly has an impressive Premier League scoring record, and was the highest scoring English forward last season. Since 2005 on Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba have scored more goals than Bent. Despite this,  many fans will find it hard to believe he has cost such a vast sum of money. Is he worth the same as Fernando Torres? Is he worth three times Rafael Van Der Vaart? However, desperate times call for desperate measure for Aston Villa, who sit in real trouble one place above the Premier League drop zone. New Villa manager Houllier will be hoping his new signing can score the goals to to propel them to safety and beyond.

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One of Bent’s former clubs, Spurs, also made moves in the transfer market today. The have secured the signing of Everton and South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar for £2.5 million. Pienaar can play across the midfield, but may find it hard to oust Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios and Jermaine Jenass from their roles in the Tottenham side. However, there is no doubt that the Spurs squad has increasing strength in depth, and quality cover in most positions. With his arrival though, it wouldn’t surprise VN to see other Spurs players going the other way, and midfielder Jamie O’Hara has already been offered on loan.

Looks like the transfer window is just warming up.

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