By Darren Bent

22nd Dec, 2019 | 6:00pm

'Bit of a killer' - Exclusive: Bent rips into West Ham as set to be 'Stuck' with senior player

Darren Bent ripped into the West Ham recruitment team while discussing the situation goalkeeper Roberto finds himself in.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham striker admitted that he thought the Hammers were set to be stuck with the keeper.

Football Insider recently revealed that Manuel Pellegrini’s side wanted to shift some players in January with Roberto being an obvious candidate to go.

However, it is believed the Hammers are aware he’ll be difficult to shift especially as he won’t take a cut on his £30,000-a-week contract.

Bent explained the Spanish keeper was well within his rights not to take a pay-cut and admitted he didn’t think many teams would be keen due to the number of mistakes he has made this season.

When asked if the Hammers are stuck with Roberto throughout January due to his form and due to him not being willing to take a pay-cut makes him an unattractive signing, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, it’s one of them where he’s in a position which is a bit of a killer.

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“Because he’s number three now as he’s fluffed his line and cost West Ham games and points.

“Then at the same time as well, there’s not going to be many takers for him with him making that many mistakes.

“But to be fair to him, he’s well within his rights to sit there, why should he take a pay cut? They gave him the deal in the first-place.

“Now it’s not going so well, they can’t say we need you to take a pay cut, it doesn’t work like that.

“As you could say if he was playing well, he deserves a pay rise.

“At the end of the day it hasn’t worked out for him and West Ham seem to be stuck with these sort of players.

“Paying a lot to Wilshere, paid a lot to Carroll and those two couldn’t get on the pitch and Roberto did get on the pitch but he was awful and making blunder after blunder.

“So he’s going to sit there, I think at some stage West Ham need to look at their recruitment policy as lots of these things aren’t working out.”

The 33-year-old arrived at the London Stadium in the summer after joining the Hammers on a free transfer following a stint at Espanyol.

Roberto has made nine appearances for the first-team this season and has conceded 19 goals in the process.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Daniel Levy is set to block Hammers pursuit of Tottenham man who’s keen to move.