Villa close in on Bent signing

Sources close to Villa insist it is a case of "dotting the i's and crossing the t's" before they can formally announce the capture of Bent.

It is hoped Bent will be unveiled at a Villa Park press conference late this afternoon although this has still to be finalised.

Bent's arrival will smash Villa's transfer record of £12million paid for James Milner and Stewart Downing when signing from Newcastle and Middlesbrough respectively.

The deal could eventually be worth £24million to the Black Cats with add-ons.

Villa fans have often craved a marquee signing and 26-year-old Bent will fit the bill.

Source: PA

Source: PA