Darren Bent has urged Tottenham defender Danny Rose to sign for Newcastle United if he gets the chance this month.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 29-year-old would flourish from a move to the north east, having experienced the region himself at Sunderland.
It is reported that Newcastle are primed to offer Rose a way out of north London this month if he is open to leaving, with Spurs looking for a nominal fee for his signature.
Bent says that escaping the hustle and bustle of London would allow the 29-cap defender to focus fully on his football and says that Newcastle is the ideal place for him to kick on after a frustrating season.
“When I left Spurs, funnily enough to go to Sunderland, I went there because I’d had four years in London where there was so many more distractions,” Bent told Football Insider.
“The biggest thing I felt when I went up there, I could solely concentrate on football. I didn’t have to worry about the shopping, the nightlife, London being the great city is it, all I wanted was to do was go up there, concentrate on my football and prove people wrong.
“For Danny Rose, he’s been in London a long time, it looks like him and Mourinho have been butting heads, so for me it does make sense – go up there, play football, he can go up there and make himself a hero. I think it makes perfect sense.
“For me, it’s a no brainer. If Newcastle are interested, I’d try get the deal done as soon as possible.”
Rose has played just 16 times for Spurs this season, with just two of those coming in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho”s arrival in the dugout.
Newcastle have suffered a double blow at left-back, with both Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett set for lengthy layoffs through injury.
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