Darren Bent today completed his season-long loan move to Fulham.
Bent, Villa’s £24m record signing, had been frozen out this summer after losing his place to Christian Benteke last season.
He was today reunited with Martin Jol, who signed the England international from Charlton in 2007 while manager of Tottenham.
Jol said: “Darren Bent is a striker I have always admired. I’m delighted that he has joined us, he gives us pace up front and I am confident that he will add to our goals scored tally this season.”
Villa boss Paul Lambert said: “There has been not one cross word between us. I don’t know where people have got that from.
“I brought in Benteke. If anyone can tell me it was the wrong decision (to pick him ahead of Bent) then they’d take you away in a white van somewhere.
“It’s just the way I play and the way I look for people to play under me.”
Fulham will pay a loan fee, believed to be around £2m, and will also fund Bent’s £60,000-a-week wages. He could make his debut at Sunderland tomorrow.