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Arsenal Want Bent Loan???

Arsene Wenger wants a close up look at Darren Bent by taking the striker on a season-long loan from Charlton.

While Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, are believed to be in the race to sign the 15million-rated England front man, the Gunners are offering to take Bent for a year and then return him to the Valley if they are promoted.

Thierry Henry's future is not certain due to his injury problems, so Arsene Wenger is looking at bringing in Bent.

The move could suit life-long Arsenal fan Bent, and the Addicks, as it would mean us keeping hold of our captain if we bounce straight back up, or it could lead to a permanent move if Charlton fail to return to the Premiership straight away.

Even though Addicks boss Alan Pardew slapped a 15m value on Bent in January, Liverpool remain favourites to sign the England striker for about 12m and the deal could still involve goalkeeper Scott Carson. Now Liverpool have played their Champions League final a deal could be thrashed out next week.

The Reds were close to capturing Bent in January before he was injured with a knee problem that is still bothering him.

Spurs are also keen, but need to sell Jermain Defoe, probably to Portsmouth, while West Ham will be without Carlos Tevez and are thought to also be keen on Eidur Gudjonsen.

Bent is in no rush to decide his future and said: "The games I have played in the last couple of months have been a real battle. I'm going on holiday to rest the bones and make sure that everything is okay. I haven't really listened to what's going on. I'm just keeping my head down, working on strengthening my knee and getting fit for next season - wherever that may be."

The Addicks this week signed Luke Varney for 2m, and Colchester United's Chris Iwelumo on a free transfer, paving the way for Bent to go.

A loan deal does seem a strange option but Charlton could be looking to put Bent in the transfer window by having him scoring goals in The Premiership. We will have to see what happens.

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Date:Thursday May 24 2007

Time: 9:27AM

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Surely not? A loan deal... how about a year long swap Bent for Henry. Now thats a deal id be happy with. If they want him they need to stump up 15m
Charlton Mark
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24/05/2007 09:30:00

who said that? seriousley, i want a quote! NOW!
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24/05/2007 09:37:00

No quotes yet its a rumour see the title this story is in one of the ipswich papers where bent used to play.
Charlton Mark
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24/05/2007 10:18:00

the gooners pushing their weight around as per usual!!!!!!!!!.this story is unbelivable.they should buy quality players like everyone else.kaka for boot boy anyone!!!!!!!
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24/05/2007 11:00:00

not bad business if you could have him back if you come back up, but then again, if he was a decent guy, he'd stick with you and get you back up wouldn't he?
The Fear
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24/05/2007 15:14:00

Lets be honest here, if he wants to become an England regular he needs to be playing at Premiership level. He owes us nothing and if he can fetch us 15m he will go with our blessing.
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24/05/2007 15:22:00


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