Liverpool set for surprise Bent swoop?

Liverpool could be ready to launch a surprise bid for England international striker Darren Bent in the forthcoming January transfer window, according to reports.

Speculation surrounding Bent’s future at Aston Villa is increasing, with suggestions of a rift between himself and manager Alex McLeish.

The Reds are said to be on the look out for a new striker to challenge for a starting place alongside Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy.

With scoring low and inconsistent this season, Liverpool’s attack could be bolstered by 27-year-old Bent.

However, Bent may come at a price, having only left Sunderland for Aston Villa for £24million this time last year.

Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes replied to the speculation linking Bent with a move to Anfield with hesitations.

He told talkSPORT, “It all depends on the way you actually play and you have to play to someone’s strengths.

“I don’t know if he is the type of player that they want, he likes to be direct, play over the top, run on quickly.

“Liverpool don’t play that way and as good as Darren Bent is a good goal-scorer in the right team, I don’t know whether he’d fit at Liverpool.”

Bent scored 32 times in 56 league appearances for Sunderland, and has so far notched up 14 goals for Villa.

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