Darren Bent has revealed that new Everton signing Fabian Delph told him the Toffees tried to sign him when David Moyes was in charge of the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England star says that the two-time Premier League winner admitted he could have been playing at Goodison Park instead of Villa Park when he left Leeds United.
Delph’s career has seen him move from Leeds to Villa, spending six years in the midlands, and then from the Villans to Manchester City, with four years at the title chasers before his switch to Everton this summer.
Bent has confirmed that his former teammate told him of Everton’s previous interest and insisted the Toffees are getting their hands on a true professional brimming with quality and experience.
He told Football Insider: “I remember having a conversation with Delph and him saying Everton tried to get him before he went to Aston Villa. He’s obviously been on their radar for a long time.
“What they’re getting is one of the most professional players that I ever played with, really looked after himself. He was great in the changing room, which people don’t understand, real big voice in the changing room, leader, great football player out on the pitch.
“He’s got that experience now, knows that they’re playing big games, won big games, won big trophies and for £8million I think it’s a great signing.”
Bent and Delph played 36 games alongside one another during their time at Aston Villa, their last appearance as teammates coming in a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea back in September 2014.
The Everton 29-year-old, who has 20 caps for England, featured just 20 times for Manchester City last season, finishing with 89 appearances across all competitions for the reigning Premier League champions.
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