Bruce: ‘Nothing sinister’ over Bent delay

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce insists that patience remains the key in landing Darren Bent.

The striker still hasn’t completed his move from Tottenham Hotspur, but Bruce states that there is ‘nothing sinister’ about the delay.

“There’s a great saying,’’ said Bruce. “Good things come to those who wait.”

“I know that I am starting to sound like a broken record but we hope that we can get there tomorrow. We hope that we can give him his debut at Hearts,” he added.

“There is no hold up and nothing sinister about it. The deal is just between the two clubs now.

“They have yet to finalise the agreement. We’re a tiny way away. It’s obviously been protracted but we hope we’re not far away now.

“I just think that when you’ve got the goalscoring record that he’s got, and he’s only 24, that speaks for itself.

“It hasn’t quite happened for him at Tottenham but you look at all the people that he had to compete with – Berbatov, Keane, they’re not bad players.

“He’s made it obvious that he wants to sign and he’s made us keep it alive.

“There have been times when I thought we had it over the line and we didn’t get it there.

“But he’s adamant that he wants to come and be a Sunderland centre forward which is terrific.”

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