Football - Striker Bent joins Fulham on loan from Villa

Striker Darren Bent has joined Fulham from fellow Premier League outfit Aston Villa on a season-long loan, the London club said on Friday.


The 29-year-old, capped 13 times by England, joined Villafrom Sunderland in Jan. 2011 but spent much of last season onthe bench after falling out of favour. He had been a prolificscorer on Wearside, netting 36 goals in 63 appearances.

"Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired," Fulhammanager Martin Jol said on the club website (

"He has shown in the Barclays Premier League that he iscomposed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is notscoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creatingopportunities for his team mates.

"I'm delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace upfront and I am confident that he will add to our goals scoredtally this season."

Fulham, who finished 12th last season, kick off theirPremier League campaign away to Bent's old club Sunderland onSaturday.

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