Now as usual, the caveat is that this may be total bull.
I got this from Villatalk but reading the link from the Oatcake forum it seems there is interest in Darren Bent.
The Link to their OATCAKE Forum is HERE
A poster called ‘Davesviews’ is obviously very trusted on there and he has said this in summary
We are trying for 2 players from Villa – Hutton and Bent with Bent the priority
We are close to a signing from Blackburn – either Olson or Nzonzi
We are discussing terms with Owen but are still miles apart
We are waiting on permit issues for Popov
We are still interested in Defoe
Jones and Etherington are very likely departures
Most deals won’t be concluded until the deadline
The one thing I could say it may explain any interest in Defoe. The only way he could come is if Bent left.
EDIT I had better state this for the those having anger issues over this piece. At no point do I believe this, at no point do I think this will happen. However A respected Stoke forum and poster is talking about it and don’t you want to know what is being said ?
If not find another blog to read.