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Bent joins Derby after Villa release, Vlaar offered new deal

Darren Bent has been released by Aston Villa following the expiry of his contract, and penned a two-year deal with Derby County.

Bent moved to Villa Park in a record-breaking deal worth a reported £24million from Sunderland in January 2011, but struggled for a first-team place in the past two seasons.

He spent all of 2013-14 on loan at Fulham, and more temporary switches to Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby followed in the most recent campaign.

His 12 goals in 17 games convinced Derby to keep him on permanently as they look to finally crack promotion and make it back to the Premier League.

Enda Stevens has also been let go by Villa, although the club remain determined to hold onto Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar.

Vlaar has been linked with a host of clubs in the past 12 months, including Manchester United with former Dutch coach Louis van Gaal holding the Old Trafford reins.

But FA Cup finalists Villa have offered the former Feyenoord man fresh terms.

As well as Bent, Derby have also signed Reading defender Alex Pearce as they look to rebuild under former Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement’s guidance.

Mon 8 Jun, 2015
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