By Darren Bent

16th Jan, 2020 | 11:31am

Exclusive: Bent delighted with reported Aston Villa pursuit - 'May work out to be perfect'

Darren Bent was delighted to hear that Aston Villa were reportedly in pursuit of Napoli attacker Fernando Llorente.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villans attacker believes that Dean Smith’s side ideally need to sign a powerful forward who can hold the ball up.

It was recently reported that the Villans were in pursuit of Llorente as Villa’s sporting director Jesús García Pitarch had been in contact with the player’s agent.

Bent explained that Llorente may work out to be perfect for the Villans before admitting that they just need to get anyone through the door who can score goals.

When asked about the Villans now being linked with Llorente and whether that’s the right fit as he’s proven, Bent told Football Insider: “If you’re Villa you’re trying to get in anyone you can to try and score some goals for you, ’cause you’re in dire straights.

“As that performance against Man City did them no favours, but if they could get someone like a Llorente…like it’s a tough one.

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“I think the way Villa play you need a big, powerful, presence upfront to hold the ball up, someone like a Giroud, someone like a Llorente or Benteke.

“Someone who can hold the ball up and then their teammates can get crosses in, they need someone they can work off, Jack Grealish could bounce the ball off him.

“So Llorente may work out to be perfect, but either way they need to get someone through the door and someone who is proven.”

The 34-year-old has played 22 times for Napoli this season and in the process has racked up four goals as well as registered one assist.

Llorente has plenty of Premier League experience as the forward has previously played 69 times in the division, with him having had spells at both Swansea City and Tottenham.

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