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Redknapp reassures Bent on future

Darren Bent
Bent celebrates his brace against Bolton after coming on as substitute

Harry Redknapp has insisted striker Darren Bent has a future at Tottenham, despite the return of Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe to White Hart Lane.

Bent, 24, who scored two goals in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Bolton, has been linked with a host of clubs.

But Spurs boss Redknapp said: "If Darren plays as he did on Saturday then he's going to be very important to us."

Keane re-signed from Liverpool on Monday while Defoe, currently injured, rejoined from Portsmouth in January.

Redknapp, who had previously criticised the depth of his squad, now has four recognised strikers - summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko, Bent, Defoe and Keane.

But with Defoe sidelined until April because of a foot injury, Bent, who has scored 14 goals this season, is expected to have a bigger role to play in Tottenham's bid for Premier League survival than many would have predicted.

His future at the club seemed uncertain when Redknapp criticised the former Ipswich and Charlton striker for missing a golden chance to give his side a late victory against Portsmouth in January.

Tom Dom
He has since been linked with a move from north London, although Newcastle dismissed suggestions they tried to swap Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins for Bent on transfer deadline day.

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see also
Keane seals 12m Tottenham return
02 Feb 09 |  Tottenham
Injured Defoe to undergo surgery
02 Feb 09 |  Tottenham
Bolton 3-2 Tottenham
31 Jan 09 |  Premier League
Redknapp amazed by late Bent miss
19 Jan 09 |  Tottenham
Bent makes 16.5m Tottenham move
29 Jun 07 |  Tottenham

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