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Curbishley's Poised To Make Move For Bent

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CHARLTON ATHLETIC are ready to tempt Everton into parting with Marcus Bent by lodging a £1.5million bid in the New Year.


The Addicks were linked with a move for the 27-year-old during the summer transfer window, although David Moyes insisted at the time he had no intention of selling the player.


However, the Goodison manager could revise his opinion given he must generate funds to facilitate any major dealings when the market reopens next month.


And with Moyes keen to bring in a new striker - Preston North End striker David Nugent remains a prime target - it would further persuade him to allow Bent to leave.





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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley has been a long-time admirer of Bent, who was brought to Everton from Ipswich Town for £450,000 in June 2004.



The striker has found himself on the periphery at Goodison in recent weeks, having started just once in two months and seen James Beattie and James McFadden form a partnership in attack.



Bent made a bright start to his Everton career, scoring six goals before last Christmas as he helped his new team into the Premiership top three. However, he has scored only twice in 39 appearances during 2005.



Bent is nevertheless expected to figure for Everton over the festive period, with the busy schedule giving Per Kroldrup hope he is close to making his Premiership début

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