No move for Darren Bent, insists Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Darren Bent has not submitted a transfer request and Aston Villa have not received any enquiries for the striker, manager Paul Lambert confirmed today.

Bent’s future is currently the subject of speculation after he was axed from the squad for recent matches by Lambert despite being fit and available.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has hinted he would be interested in a move for Bent while Fulham have also been linked with a player Villa paid £24m for.

Lambert said: “Has he (Bent) put himself on the transfer list? No. Have there been any enquiries? No. I answered 105 questions on it the other night.

“The team I pick will be the team that I pick. I know what happens in training and we will see what happens. Jordan Bowery’s potential is extremely high and he is an unknown quantity.”

Bent found support from strike partner Gabby Agbonlahor today, who hailed his team-mate as a “great pro”.

Although the 28-year-old England international has been frozen out by Lambert his behaviour has been exemplary according to Agbonlahor.

“Darren is a great pro, he shook everyone’s hand before the game (against Reading) and he got on with it,” said Agbonlahor.

“There is not a player in the squad who has not gone through the stage where they’ve had to sit on the bench or have not been playing. I think everyone goes through that.

“Everyone gets on with it and, as the manager says, it’s swings and roundabouts, and people might not play, miss a few games, and then come back in and play.

“He is still working hard in training and everyone is just fighting for places.”

When asked if Bent still had a part to play at Villa Agbonlahor added: “I think everyone in the squad has.

“We’ve got as long season, a lot of games coming around Christmas.”