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Hammers close on Bent for £17m

Shaul Adar
Thursday June 14, 2007
The Guardian

West Ham United hope to tie up a deal for Charlton Athletic's Darren Bent. They were reported last night to have agreed a transfer for the striker worth a club-record £17m, with the England international considering whether to make the move or hold out for alternatives.

West Ham's offer is believed to comprise £16m plus the midfielder Hayden Mullins, with whom the Charlton manager, Alan Pardew, worked at Upton Park.

Bent has been offered huge wages, reportedly £75,000 a week, to persuade him to move to Upton Park.

Alan Curbishley, West Ham's manager, was understood to be returning last night from holiday to seal the transfer, with West Ham beating Tottenham Hotspur for Bent's signature on a four-year contract. His move from Charlton has been expected after their relegation from the Premiership last season.

Yossi Benayoun, meanwhile, is keen to leave Upton Park to join Liverpool .

The midfielder has agreed terms with West Ham on a new contract worth about £50,000 a week but has not signed it because he is aware of interest from the Anfield club, who would pay lower wages.

Liverpool have off ered West Ham about £3m for Benayoun but have been told the 27-year-old midfi elder is not for sale.

Ronen Katzav, Benayoun's agent, said yesterday: "We will sit tomorrow with West Ham and see where we are going to go. It is an unpleasant situation after we agreed terms but we will fi ght it. Still, if West Ham decide not to sell him [we will have to accept that] - he is theirs. We will try to talk to them and convince them to let Yossi go.",00.html
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