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Jol looking at Villa's Bent but rules out Beckham

Aston Villa forward wants out of the Midlands and Jol has suggested another forward player would not go amiss.

Alex Livesey

Martin Jol has left a subtle suggestion that he could chase Darren Bent's signature during the January transfer window, but has ruled out any potential move for superstar David Beckham.

Bent is going through a torrid few months at Aston Villa under the new management of Paul Lambert and it has reached a point where the former international striker is not even considered first choice.

Lambert himself has not denied that Bent could leave in January and Bent is likely to push for a move.

And Jol believes that Bent could well compliment his already talented crop of forwards.

"I signed him [Bent] at Tottenham because if you saw him at Charlton he scored almost one every two games, so I thought he's a quality finisher," said the Fulham manager.

"You never know, but we've got three good strikers.

"We've got Hugo Rodallega, Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov. In the hole, we've got Ruiz.

"Of course we could do with maybe another creative player in that position, then I could leave Berbatov up front all the time."

But, on the more extreme subject of taking on David Beckham, Jol was more certain of his assertions and suggested a move would undermine his philosophy of breeding a youthful side at Craven Cottage.

"We want to try and get a younger team," said Jol.

"On average, we are the oldest team in the Premier League and it would be crazy to get players like David Beckham for Alex Kacaniklic, Kerim Frei and Pajtim Kasami.

"[Beckham is] an unbelievable player and he's good to have around, but for us it's a non starter."