EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent claims that Newcastle United would have loved to have signed Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama this summer as he voices his surprise over a lack of interest for the Kenyan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England international says he thought there would have been Premier League sides, including the Magpies, queuing up for the midfield enforcer after falling down the pecking order in north London.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, talks are underway between Spurs and Belgian outfit Club Brugge over a move for the 28-year-old, having found himself out of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

Bent says that Wanyama is too good a talent to sit on the sidelines and that Tottenham’s top-flight rivals should have been lining up to try and secure his capture before the end of the English transfer window.

Bent told Football Insider: “Maybe he’s surplus to requirements but it surprises me no one picked up for a loan or something in the Premier League. He’s got a lot of experience, got a lot to offer. He’s that anchor in the midfield who will protect that back four. 

“I am surprised he’s sitting there and no one inquired about him, he’s been a great servant, very, very good. At some stage he will leave there. It’s a settled squad and unfortunately, Victor Wanyama doesn’t fall into that bracket.

“Newcastle would have loved to have him, there’s a whole bunch of teams there who could use a big, powerful presence.” 

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Ki Seung-yung and Sean Longstaff as his options in the middle of the park, having seen Mohamed Diame leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract last summer.

Spurs meanwhile have new arrival Tanguy Ndombele to add to their list of midfield talent, which includes Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and youngster Oliver Skipp.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he has not been impressed with one Magpies star who has “flattered to deceive.”