Kinnear has returned from a pre-arranged family holiday in Italy and is scheduled for pivotal transfer talks with Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, almost a month after his controversial appointment at St. James' Park. The pursuit of Aston Villa forward Bent is certain to be on the agenda, with Pardew expected to push Kinnear into making their first official move this week, possibly before Newcastle fly out for their pre-season tour of Portugal on Wednesday. Kinnear has been given full control of Newcastle's transfer policy by owner Mike Ashley and Pardew, who is yet to make a single senior signing this summer, will make clear that he sees Bent as a priority target. Bent, 29, is determined to move on after being warned by Villa manager Paul Lambert that he will never play for the club again. The England international has been training in a small group including other outcasts such as Stephen Ireland and Alan Hutton, and is keen to revive his career ahead of next year's World Cup.
Joe Kinnear to sit down with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew with Darren Bent top of agenda
The Telegraph | Jul 15