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Aston Villa defend Darren Bent transfer conduct

Aston Villa today strongly defended their conduct in the move that took Darren Bent from Sunderland to Villa Park.

Darren Bent claims he can handle expectations

Darren Bent insists he can handle the pressure of being Aston Villa's record signing after completing his £18million move from Sunderland.

Steve Bruce admits 'huge disappointment' at Darren Bent exit

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has claimed that Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa was the reason why his former striker had been off his game in recent weeks.

Aston Villa sign Darren Bent in record deal

Aston Villa have smashed their transfer record in signing Sunderland striker Darren Bent in a deal which could eventually be worth £24million.

Darren Bent hands in transfer request

Aston Villa will have to come up with in excess of £20m to persuade Sunderland to part company with striker Darren Bent.

Bent will miss England clash

Sunderland striker Darren Bent is out of England's friendly clash with France next week after a scan confirmed he has a grade one hamstring injury.

Sunderland players sorry for demolition on derby day

Niall Quinn, Darren Bent and Michael Turner have all apologised to Sunderland supporters after Sunday's abject derby defeat. Sunderland were wholly outplayed by Newcastle United at St James' Park and lost the game 5-1. After the match, manager Steve Bruce said that it was probably his worst experience in football management and his contrition was echoed by Quinn, Bent and Turner.

Bent ruled out for England

Darren Bent has been ruled out of England's Euro 2012 qualifying match with Montenegro tomorrow.

Andy Cole: You have to feel for Darren Bent, Europe's unluckiest striker

Forward Thinking: Bent was the only striker in any of the big European leagues to score 20 or more league goals last season and not go to the World Cup

Bent remains hopeful of England call

Sunderland striker Darren Bent is refusing to give up on his World Cup finals dream.

Fan banned for abusing Darren Bent's mother

A football fan was banned from attending games for three years today after he admitted racially abusing the mother of Premier League striker Darren Bent.

Rovers rue striking weakness

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Man arrested over racial abuse of Darren Bent's mother

A man was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing the mother of Premier League striker Darren Bent, police said today.

Bent unconcerned by Tottenham return

Darren Bent will not allow his return to Tottenham to overshadow Sunderland's search for three more Barclays Premier League points.

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