The Daily Telegraph has this morning reported that Derby are set to sign Darren Bent on a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal should the club get promoted.
Interestingly, the article (link above) talks of the Rams paying a substantial amount (while in the Sun, £18,000 is the fugure) of his £70,000 weekly wage packet. My immediate reaction to that OK, that is huge but this is just the sort of ambition the club needs if it is to make it against some tough promotion contenders. In my 2015 predictions I predicted a loan signing from the Premiership but said the main framework of the team won’t be impacted.
Bent is competition for Chris Martin or perhaps part of a plan B, a different formation with two central strikers. I guess we’ll see.
His recent spell in the division at struggling Brighton saw him get 2 goals in 5 matches and clearly he has the experience that promotion challengers generally require. Also, remember the striker was bought for £24 million by Aston Villa in the not too distant past.
Finally, in other news, the Mirror links the Rams with Coventry left-back Ryan Haynes, who is 19-years-old.