With the January Transfer Window well under way, speculation about potential transfers is, as always, rife. Rumours about teams and their plans run wild, and Liverpool have been one of the most talked-about clubs so far.
Liverpool need to improve their offense, and one name that has been thrown about is that of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. However, according to ESPN, Bent will not be heading to Anfield this transfer season, as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has reportedly told his counterpart Alex McLeish that he is not interested.
The England international joined Villa from Sunderland in January 2011, and has since scored 15 goals in 33 appearances for the Birmingham-based club. The striker is commonly respected as one of the Premier League's better attacking players.
Bent is a natural goalscorer, a player who knows where the goal is and who knows how to put the ball in it. He has become well known as a goal poacher, a classic number nine. He is just the kind of player Liverpool need and want.
That said, this news will likely bring a sigh of relief to a lot of Liverpool fans, who believe the club can do better than Bent. The 27-year-old would likely have cost upwards of £20 million, a price many spectators believe can be better spent elsewhere.
Now, Liverpool can turn their attention to other targets.
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