34-year-old free agent striker Darren Bent has been linked with a return to former club Ipswich Town in recent weeks. However, Tractor Boys manager has seemingly dismissed links with a move for a new striker in an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times. 

Darren Bent is keen to get back into the game, and has said that he would be interested in a return to where it all started at Ipswich Town. He joined the Tractor Boys as a 14-year-old in 1998, before making his first senior appearance at 17. The striker went on to score 55 goals in 141 appearances for Ipswich, before moving to Charlton Athletic in 2005.

The former striker told the East Anglian Daily Times that “There’s been no contact, but obviously it’s something I would be open to.” However, despite revealing he would be willing to play for Town again, Hurst is happy with the striker options he has, despite Ellis Harrison and Jon Walters both being injured.

“I was told we were linked with a couple of players and all of a sudden agents are asking me if I want this player and that player.

“I’ve genuinely had nothing come to my attention that I believe will benefit us so it’s a case of ‘as we are’.

“We hope Freddie can build on his performance (at Swansea) and I have to say this week Kayden’s looked very sharp in training. They’re the two obvious ones who have to take the opportunity in front of them.

“I’m confident in those two so I don’t really see anything happening to be honest, despite what one or two agents or reports suggest.”

Hurst wasn’t afraid to stick the boot in on any free agents linked with a potential move to the club, as he looked to squash any rumours linking his side with a move into the free agents market.

“Depending on who it is, maybe there’s a reason why they’re a free agent.

“Whether that’s because they have a higher opinion on themselves, whether it’s they’ve let themselves go or whether they want too much money. Someone out there I might be doing a disservice to, but it’s unusual to get to this point in the season and still be struggling to find a home.

The former Shrewsbury manager still has both Freddie Sears and Kayden Jackson available for selection for this weekend’s match against QPR on Saturday afternoon.


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