Overpriced striker saved from boring safety talk
We are not sure whether the air hostesses on Spurs’ flight to China last night got as far as informing the squad that there were exits at the front and rear of the cabin, but if they did then the information was immediately useful to Darren Bent.
The England international’s transfer to Sunderland went through just as he was preparing to fly to the Far East for a pre-season friendly against West Ham. The striker was buckled in and prepared for take-off when the Spurs finally agreed to accept on offer of £15 million from the Black Cats.
His luggage was removed from the hold and Bent left the plane to commence talks with Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.
In news that will infuriate environmental activists, The Sun reports: “A car was kept ticking over for him at Heathrow all day yesterday in readiness for a breakthrough in the proposed transfer.”