Darren Bent has revealed that his exit from Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 was made complicated after Daniel Levy kept dragging the negotiations on until he got the fee he wanted from Sunderland.
Bent struggled to get regular game time in his first season at White Hart Lane but the England international was Spurs’ main man up front after Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane left in the summer of 2008.
He went on to have a decent campaign for the club, finishing as their top scorer but the former Spurs man revealed that Redknapp wanted to move him on and bring Peter Crouch to the club in 2009.
However, the 36-year-old admitted that his move to Sunderland was anything but straight-forward and he was even forced to come off the plane after boarding a flight for Spurs’ pre-season tour.
Watch Bent recall the story behind his Tottenham exit for talkSPORT:
✈️ “We were going to China for pre-season, I’m on the plane.”
👍 “The chief exec comes running back & says ‘You can get off the plane’.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 2, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
Daniel Levy usually manages to sell players over their market value and sign players for less than what they are worth but Bent was a rare case where I felt the Spurs chairman undersold a player.
He finished as top scorer for Tottenham in the 2008/09 season and despite his obvious technical limitations, it was clear that he was going to score goals wherever he went. His success at Sunderland and the initial success he enjoyed at Aston Villa was perhaps proof that we could have got a bigger transfer fee for him.
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