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Bent U-turn opens Birmingham door

Striker Marcus Bent spent last season on loan at Wigan
Striker Marcus Bent spent last season on loan at Wigan

Marcus Bent's move to Cardiff City has collapsed after he told the Welsh club he preferred to join Birmingham City.

The 30-year-old was due at Ninian Park on Monday after agreeing terms with the Bluebirds but he failed to turn up.

"It's disappointing and I feel extremely let down because the player agreed to come," said Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale.

There was no comment from Charlton as to whether Bent had been given permission to speak to Birmingham.

Only last week, Robbie Fowler rejected a new contract with the Bluebirds after initially agreeing to stay.

A statement on the Cardiff website added: "We're unaware of whether he has been given permission to talk to Birmingham City, we only want players who are committed to Cardiff and have withdrawn from the deal.

"However disappointing this may be, we are completely focused on bringing in the right players prior to the new season starting."

Everton sold Bent to Charlton in January 2006 for 2.5m, with the Addicks being relegated from the Premiership at the end of the next season.

The following season Bent managed only two goals from 22 starts and 13 substitute appearances but was still wanted last season on loan by Wigan.

A better return of seven goals in 32 games helped keep Steve Bruce's side in the top flight but Bent became surplus to requirements at the Valley having returned from his spell at Wigan.

see also
Charlton snub Cardiff's Bent bid
10 Jul 08 |  Charlton
Striker Bent returns to Charlton
13 Jun 08 |  Charlton

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