Sunderland ‘very close’ to Bent deal

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Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black has revealed that Darren Bent is ‘very close’ to completing his move from Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker underwent a medical with the Black Cats on Monday and Black hopes that a deal will be announced by the end of Tuesday.

Black told BBC Radio Five Live: “We’re very close. I wouldn’t say we’re 100 per cent confident we’re going to get him and we’re hopeful that in the next 24 hours he’ll be a Sunderland player.

“His record in the Premier League is outstanding, I think he’s scored about 50 goals in 100-odd appearances, a phenomenal return.

“There’s a plethora of different things we think he’ll bring to Sunderland.

“He’s a big name, he’s somebody who has proved he’s a Premier League striker, and his return in goals per game is exceptional.

“So getting someone like him up here can only be good for us, and if it can encourage one or two others to take the leap we believe we’re going in the right direction.”

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