Darren Bent set to join Sunderland for £12m

Darren Bent looks set to complete a £12m move from Spurs to Sunderland tomorrow after successfully completing a medical at the north-east club.

"We're hopeful that in the next 24 hours he'll be a Sunderland player," the Black Cats' assistant manager, Eric Black, told BBC Radio 5 Live. "His record in the Premier League is outstanding – I think he's scored about 50 goals in 100-odd appearances, a phenomenal return. There's a plethora of different things we think he'll bring."

"He's a big name, he's somebody who has proved he's a Premier League striker, and his return in goals per game is exceptional. So getting someone like Bent up here can only be good for us, and if it can encourage one or two other players to take the leap we believe we are going in the right direction."

If Bent does join Sunderland he will become the club's record signing eclipsing the £9m that Roy Keane paid Hearts for the Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon back in Aufust 2007. The Black Cats are also reported to be interested in Bent's Tottenham team-mates Michael Dawson and David Bentley who could be surplus to requirements this season at White Hart Lane.

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