Fulham sign Bent on season-long loan

The 29-year-old forward moves to west London, where he links up with his former boss Martin Jol, after playing understudy to Christian Benteke at Villa Park for most of last season
Fulham have signed Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on a season-long loan deal.

66/1 Darren Bent is 66/1 with bet365 to be the Premier League's top scorer
The 29-year-old, who completed his medical on Thursday, has netted over 100 Premier League goals since 2005, but started just eight games for the Villans last term due to injury and Christian Benteke's blistering form.

The temporary move will see the forward work with Martin Jol - who he played under at Spurs - and the Dutchman has insisted that his new man will help boost the club's goal tally this coming season.

“Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired," he told the club's official website.

"He has shown in the Premier League that he is composed and clinical in front of goal but, even if he is not scoring, he is involved in some good link-up play, creating opportunities for his teammates.

"I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”

The Cottagers begin their new season with an away trip to Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland on Saturday August 17.