Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Addicks Grow Tired of Bent Rumours

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Addicks Grow Tired of Bent Rumours

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Byline: By Mike McGrath

CHARLTON have again insisted star striker Darren Bent will not be leaving the club during the transfer window.

The England forward has consistently been linked with a move away from The Valley and was a one-time target of Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder, but the Addicks are adamant the 22-year-old will not be heading elsewhere this week.

Transfer speculation is increasing with only hours of trading left before tomorrow's midnight deadline.

Charlton chairman Richard Murray said: "Darren isn't going anywhere.

"We've seen another batch of Press speculation over the weekend, and the club has been inundated with journalists wanting to know how much we want and where he is going. Well, let's make this nice and simple - he's not going anywhere."

West Ham manager Alan Curbishley, who signed Bent for Charlton during his time at The Valley, has denied he will attempt to take him to his new club.

"We have not made any bid for Darren Bent," said Curbishley. "It was made quite clear to us by Charlton Athletic that the player was not for sale, and so that is the end of the matter."

Bent, who has scored 11 goals this term, is nursing an ankle injury but manager Alan Pardew expects him to return to action soon.

Curbishley has suffered a blow to his hopes of steering the Hammers to Premiership safety with striker Dean Ashton having encountered a fresh setback in his return from injury.

Ashton needed an injection to solve a complication in his recovery from a broken ankle and is still waiting for the green light to rejoin the first-team squad, with Curbishley expecting the 23-year-old to need five more weeks to make the first team after he starts full training.

Ashton's last game for West Ham was the FA Cup Final when he scored in the dramatic defeat to Liverpool, and his absence has played its part in a crisis at Upton Park since their appearance in Cardiff.

Meanwhile Reading have completed the signing of Australian teenager Oliver Bozanic on a two-and-a-half-year contract. …

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