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Darren Bent Admits it Was 'Pretty Easy' to Reject West Ham and Sign for Tottenham

90min logo 90min 17/3/2019 Alex Miller
a man throwing a ball: Watford v Tottenham Hotspur - Carling Cup © Phil Cole/GettyImages Watford v Tottenham Hotspur - Carling Cup

​Despite growing up as an Arsenal fan, Darren Bent has stated that it wasn't a hard decision to turn down West Ham in favour of north London rivals Tottenham.

Bent signed for Spurs in 2007 from Charlton for a reported £16.5m and went on to score 25 goals in 79 games before being sold to Sunderland.

Jermaine Jenas standing in front of a crowd: Darren Bent,Jermaine Jenas © Christopher Lee/GettyImages Darren Bent,Jermaine Jenas

Bent had a big decision to make as he was set to leave Charlton, but boyhood loyalties didn't change his thinking.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday, as quoted by ​The Express, he said: “I do remember that day [making the decision] to be fair. I remember I was torn at the time because I was going to ​West Ham funnily enough.

“I’d been to meet [then West Ham manager] Alan Curbishley, come back from holiday, obviously I knew Alan Curbishley really well, he had taken me from ​Ipswich to Charlton.

a group of people playing football on a field: Darren Bent,Andre Bikey © Julian Finney/GettyImages Darren Bent,Andre Bikey

“But obviously I ended up going to Spurs because obviously I felt Spurs were going in the right direction, they finished fifth.

“I was competing with some top strikers there in [Dimitar] Berbatov, [Jermain] Defoe and [Robbie] Keane."

When asked if there was any reservations about joining his boyhood rivals he added: "No not really, Spurs are a massive club.” 

a football player holding a football ball: Andrew Dawson,Darren Bent © Mark Thompson/GettyImages Andrew Dawson,Darren Bent

Bent made the big money move to north London with Tottenham, but struggled to play consistently for ​Spurs. It may be thought that him being a fan of Arsenal may have played a part in his motivation, but Bent rubbished the idea.

“Yeah I was an ​Arsenal fan but it’s about career and playing for a massive football club. At the end the decision was pretty easy to be fair," he added.

“To be fair for my development as well I wanted to go there and compete with these kind of guys. As I said Keane, Berbatov and​ Defoe - it doesn’t get much better than that.”

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