Liverpool have made an enquiry for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
The 27-year-old will be sacrificed by Villa boss Alex McLeish as he attempts to bolster the mid-table side's transfer kitty during the upcoming window.
Speculation over Bent's future has began to mount after injury sidelined him for Villa's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month yet was photographed shopping in Cambridge on the same day.
His fire power and link-up play with England team mate Stewart Downing, who left Villa last summer, is understood to be the key motivation for Liverpool's Champions League charge.
Kenny Dalglish has been mulling over a move for the well-travelled hit man in light of the club's lack of clinical edge in front of goal, which has resulted in six home draws.
Luis Suarez's goal tally has stalled while Andy Carroll continues to shoulder the burden of the excessive £35million price tag which lured him to Anfield just 11 months prior.
Monday's stalemate with bottom club Blackburn Rovers has prompted Liverpool to signal their intent for Bent, who appears set to leave Villa Park almost a year since his arrival.
In spite of McLeish's doubt that 'anybody' could afford the club's record signing, the former Sunderland man will be allowed to leave for significantly less than his £24million valuation.
But Liverpool face competition from both Fulham and newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.
Damien Comolli, the Reds' director of football, admitted last January that the club had considered a move for Bent prior to his move to Villa but claimed that his "lone wolf" approach to games would have proved incompatible with striker Fernando Torres, who later joined Chelsea.
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Liverpool FC make enquiry for Aston Villa striker Darren Bentby Richard Buxton. Published Thu 29 Dec 2011 14:15, last updated: 29/12/11
Liverpool have made an enquiry for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
"Lucas podolski alone can solve liverpools oroblems" kizito julius, uganda around 3 years, 5 months ago
"Nice to see all you fantastic fans understanding the club... Backing the manager and our players... We're not Real Madrid, we're Liverpool." Matt, England around 3 years, 6 months ago
"i love liver pool fc all my life " tewodros aschenek, adis abeba ethiopia around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Get real guys! We havent played CL for three seasons now and Strikers specially are very choosey & arrogant. Bent is ok for a stop gap thing" Tate, Kuwait around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Lewandowski of the Dortmund is good for 20,000,000 Euros" John, Stanford around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Luka Podolsky is the solution for Liverpool goal scoring problem and not Bent" Nsajiwa Ally, Tanzania around 3 years, 6 months ago
"when will kk learn his lesson we need quality not another dud" Daniel, London England around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Bring back CROUCH!!!" Stuart, Nigeria around 3 years, 6 months ago
"i like that black man " jamal, Sudan around 3 years, 6 months ago
"get rid of Carrol, bring back Torres" sholin, south africa around 3 years, 6 months ago
"dont think so. KD will go for someone else. but have to consider beny has epl exrerience. tricky one. the man has proven he can score goals." Robert Phillips, Johannesburg around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Henry..Kenny want to waste your money..hahaha.." Fz, KL around 3 years, 6 months ago
"As with his previous employments, I'm sure its Comolli making all the recommendations and most of the buys. Are you Nay Sayers ignorant? " Sakabato, Hospital around 3 years, 6 months ago
"These people aho wanted Rafa out are to blame for LFCs demise.The glory days of Rafa will never return,no more champions leagues trophies" Pey, lancashire around 3 years, 6 months ago
"SHOCK HORROR LIVERPOOL ARE SIGNING A BLACK PLAYER ...WOW" Septimus Red, house around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Well if you can pay 35 mil for Carrol... think 30 mill for Bent should be OK... by the way how are you going to pay for all your flops hehe" bluemoon, longsight around 3 years, 6 months ago
"I think its high time Kenny Dalgish should learn his lesson and stop buying fringe players, all we need are quality strikers like higuain" usman musa, lagos, nigeria around 3 years, 6 months ago
"this would be a fantastic singing! a proven goalscorer although there is better foreign options we need a proven PL goalscorer" kyle, london around 3 years, 6 months ago
"bent me barney stay away king kenny buy young and get rid of carrol the big donkey" mattie, meath around 3 years, 6 months ago
"if we sell benty it will only show randy is not bothered about the club he should sell to other business partner." jay, birmingham around 3 years, 6 months ago
"no he (bent)is not the type of striker want,there are quality striker outside england who can give us (lfc)the goals we want and not bentxs." williams simeon etete, port harcourt -nigeria around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Time to THINK before we SPEND..so much cash down the drain.....come on you goons..start using the grey matter." george, Greenland around 3 years, 6 months ago
"alexandre pato or if the sell carrol and splash the cash on neymar " steven kennedy, liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"NOOOOOOOOOOO, GOD SAVES US from this, bring Torres back..." Yashveer, Mauritius around 3 years, 6 months ago
"bent has a proven record infront of goal and is the type of player we need. Its just whether we could afford him" james, england around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Where are the young strikers coming through, surely there is a 20 year old who fancies his chances...?" Noonanio, Leeds around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Also Higuain is even more ridiculus,he plays for the 2nd best team in the world.I do agree though there's better options than Bent." ian, Liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"You think Soldado would move from a club which is guarenteed CL football every season to Liverpool? Hahaha Valencia r better than liverpool" ian, Liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"We\'ve been going downhill since Martin O\'Neill left. Bent should leave to better himself. King Martin would never have sanctioned this." chris smith, birmingham around 3 years, 6 months ago
"is king kenny buying all ex sunderland players has niall quinn giving him a horse..." robster, liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"should do a swap carroll for bent , one waste of money for another... total joke look for quality outside of england players...." daza, liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"if bent comes to liverpool im done with them for good " sam, notts around 3 years, 6 months ago
"If we can get another massive fee why not, any more over rated players you would like kenny!!" Villapaul, birmingham around 3 years, 6 months ago
"not saying he's a bad player but.. have reds not learnt their lesson from summer? champions league = buying quality... bent isn't one " seejay lfc , Liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"I've faith in Bent to put the goals away that we've been missing at alraming rate, we create that many chances for him he have field daYNWA" BENT4LIVERPOOL, liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Bent has the 3rd best strike rate in the prem over the last 5 seasons. be ashamed u make me sick slating king kenny wake up " King scouse , Australia around 3 years, 6 months ago
"This beyond a joke. If Kenny keeps going the way he is, we will end up mid table. Bent, Carroll, Downing, Adam, Henderson. AVERAGE" James, Liverpool around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Il be more than happy with darren bent if we can get a good price, whos leaving tho cole n aquilani eventualy but maybe kuyt too?" Kiefer wooder, Lancashire around 3 years, 6 months ago
"If Lerner allows Bent to move it will be the end of Lerner at Villa/ The supporters will explode." Mike Woolridge, Staffs around 3 years, 6 months ago
"kenny has to go if he wastes more money - the next striker must be lighting quick - comprendo" listenhere, cuckooland around 3 years, 6 months ago
"Not Bent. Go for Soldado. Valencia are already out of CL, so no problem there... let's splurge our cash on him." Prasenjit, India around 3 years, 6 months ago
"A better (and much cheaper) deal would be to let Fulham buy Bent and bring Dempsey to Anfield instead." David, Belfast around 3 years, 6 months ago
"lol dream on - still living in the 802 - said it season 6th best 4 u haha" gary garnder, house around 3 years, 6 months ago
"NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Get HIGAIN Or how ever his name is spelled!!!" arnor, iceland around 3 years, 6 months ago
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