By Darren Bent

26th Mar, 2020 | 12:00pm

Exclusive: Darren Bent verdict as Bruce shares plans to sign £70K-a-wk ace

Darren Bent claims that Danny Rose’s wage demands could prove a “stumbling block” for Newcastle United signing him permanently from Tottenham.

The former Spurs and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that there may be a significant difference in what the 29-year-old asks for and what the Magpies want to offer.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has revealed that he wants Rose to remain at St James’ Park past the end of his loan spell, stating: “He will be great for the next three months. And hopefully longer after that.”

Rose, who earns around £70,000-a-week at Spurs, arrived at St James’ Park on loan late in the January transfer window and has quickly become Bruce’s first-choice left-back.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho does not expect the defender to play for the north Londoners again as they prepare for a summer sale.

However, Bent believes that the Magpies may be reluctant to meet the defender’s wage demands in negotiations, leaving a prospective move up in the air.

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“I think the wage thing will probably be the issue, the stumbling block,” Bent told Football Insider.

“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.” 

Rose has played six times for Newcastle since his move to the north east, helping keep three clean sheets in five Premier League games.

He has a total of 188 top-flight appearances under his belt, as well as 29 caps for England.

In other Newcastle United news, Bent has revealed his heart bleeds for one Magpie after the latest Premier League update.