Darren hell-Bent on leaving

What an eventual few days it’s been for forward Darren Bent. Booed at Wembley. Hauled off a flight to China. In trouble over his “Tweets” and now facing the possibility that Sunnderland, his ideal destination, have pulled out of a transfer deal. As weeks go, it’s fair to say Darren’s has been worse than most.

No wonder Bent’s so glum.

Last Sunday Spurs faced Celtic at Wembley. Bent offered the team his usual contribution, missing a few chances and smiling ruefully as the team fell a goal down. The striker was jeered by a sizable majority of Spurs fans (The man behind me seemed to be on a personal mission to boo Bent out of the club) and was substituted at half time. A few days later the striker, along with the rest of the Spurs team, boarded a flight to China as Spurs flew to the Barclays Asia trophy, but was taken off the flight at the last minute as Tottenham entered final negotiations with Sunderland. 

At this point, it seemed it was a matter of hours before Bent would leave the club. It’s no secret that Steve Bruce is a great admirer of Bent’s (ahem) talentsand the North East club have the financial power to splash out on the player. However it seemed Mr. Levy wasn’t content with the first Sunderland bid and told the club that he wanted a bid in the region of £15 mil. The Sunderland board were reportedly furious and both clubs begun a period of furious negotiation, but it seems Levy wasn’t going to accept anything lower than £14 mil.

It was at this point Darren Bent himself tried to hurry on negotiations, with the use of social networking site Twitter. Bent posted a number of angry comments, with his rant primarily displaying his displeasure at his Tottenham chairman. Bent was believed to have posted four messages concerning the transfer saga, all on the same day. The messages were:

“Seriously getting p***** off now.”

“Why can’t anything be simple. It’s so frustrating hanging around here doing jack ****.”

“Sunderland are not the problem in the slightest”.

The message that was meant to have really infuriated Levy though was:

“Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go Stoke NO Do I wanna go Sunderland YES so stop f****** around Levy”

Club officials were quick to stress that no action would be taken on Bent unless they could confirm the account was actually his. An Umbro spokesperson was believed to have confirmed the accounts authenticity, but no further word was heard from the club until this message appeared on the club website, under the headline of “Darren Bent”:

“I appreciate that transfers are seldom straightforward and are often complex. However, after a long period of waiting following my withdrawal from the plane to China, I had become incredibly frustrated by the time these things take and I posted inappropriate comments on my Twitter site.

I allowed my emotions to get in the way of my better judgement. I regret my actions and did not intend to offend Daniel Levy or anyone with the nature or the content of my posting.”

Now, following the stark contrast of English language and grammar in the Twitter posts and above statement, I highly doubt the the apology was written by the player. The club website also featured no further word over the incident and didn’t mention what specific punishment Bent would receive. However many newspapers, including the Times, understand that Bent has been fined £120 000 for his foul-mouthed attack on Levy.

Bit of a twit: Bent’s “tweets” didn’t endear him to Levy.

Bent’s move probably wouldn’t have improved this morning when reports emerged that Steve Bruce is ready to cut off negotiations with Tottenham. Bruce told journalists that: ““We will do our utmost to get the deal over the line but there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. I would say I was really confident that would happen a couple of days ago, but now I’d say it’s 50-50.”

The manager also voiced his opinion on Bent’s tweets commenting, saying: “Someone says Darren has been Twittering. I don’t even know what that is, but I have seen a few things in the papers about it. Footballers aren’t just objects. There’s a human being in this who is obviously caught in the middle and wants his future sorted out.”

If Bruce really does spend £15 million on Bent, I can see Sunderland fans unveiling a similar flag.

Levy really does seem to be trying incredibly hard to recoup as much of the £16.5 million transfer Spurs paid to Charlton a few years ago for Bent’s services, which is fair enough. But he should be careful, we need to get rid of Bent and I doubt there are ant other clubs out there who would outbid Sunderlands offer for Bent. Personally, I’d take anything in the region of £11 million.

As for Bent, it looks like he’s played his last game for Spurs. It’s a bit of a shame that he’s leaving on such a negative note, but he never really did the business for the lillywhites. I wish him well at Sunderland (or where ever he ends up), but with Crouch, Defoe, Keane and Pavlyuchenko all fighting for a starting place at the club, I can’t anticipate missing him too much.

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