Villa's £24m Man: Aston Villa Break Club Record To Sign Darren Bent

Blue RooContributor IIJanuary 18, 2011

Houllier Unveils New Signing Darren Bent
Houllier Unveils New Signing Darren BentScott Heavey/Getty Images

Aston Villa has confirmed via their official website that Darren Bent will be unveiled today as the club's record signing, having agreed a four-and-a-half year deal to June 2015.

The 26-year-old England striker completed a medical before the formalities of the signing today and will be available for the Barclays Premier League game against Manchester City on Saturday, January 22 at Villa Park.

"Aston Villa is a massive football club and as soon as I knew they were interested in signing me I wanted to join," Bent said.

"The size of the football club and the history of the club are major reasons for me coming here.

"There are some top, top players here too, real quality, and I've been able to speak to the manager and the chairman about their ambitions for the club, so I'm very excited about being a part of what we hope to achieve."

Bent will feature in Villa's next match and will wear the number 39 jersey.

This is a bit of a surprise, as Bent has been so successful at Sunderland, and that the Mackems are much further ahead of Villa.

Nevertheless, it's a great coup by Gerard Houllier, and this signing along with that of Jean Makoun, will surely see a rise in the table by Villa.