Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has revealed the one thing he fears could scupper Danny Rose’s potential permanent move to Newcastle United – his wage demands.
This comes after Steve Bruce confirmed on Thursday that he was planning to keep the England international on Tyneside beyond the end of the season, suggesting the club will be pursuing a permanent deal for the 29-year-old this summer.
His asking price could be one issue – with the Chronicle recently revealing that Spurs wanted £20m in January – but Bent feels it’s his wages that could prove to be the biggest ‘stumbling block’.
Here’s what he’s told Football Insider when asked about Steve Bruce’s plans to sign him permanently:
“I think the wage thing will probably be the issue, the stumbling block.
You have to think, because of the wages, the size of the two clubs, you’d probably have to say that is the difficult one, the difficulty for Newcastle.”
Football Insider laim Danny Rose currently earns ‘around £70,000 per-week’ at Spurs – and it seems Bent isn’t convinced Mike Ashley would be willing to match that for a player who’s set to enter his 30’s this summer.
It must be said that he hasn’t looked like a player who starred in last year’s Champions League final so far, looking unfit and unable to get up and down the pitch from what we’ve seen so far, however Rose has himself admitted that there’s much more to come.
Can you see Mike Ashley sanctioning a move for an ageing left-back on big wages?