Tuesday 05 August 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Sunderland completed the club record signing of Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent.
The 25-year-old signed a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light after netting 18 goals in 60 Barclays Premier League appearances for Spurs.
The striker also scored 31 top-flight goals in a prolific spell with Charlton Athletic and made his Barclays Premier League debut with Ipswich Town in the 2001/02 campaign.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce admitted he had been pursuing Bent for a while and said: "He's everything I want and good things come to those who wait.
"He has 50 Barclays Premier League goals in 100 starts and that speaks volumes about why we are bringing him to the club. He's something different - he's got pace and power, is young and English and he gets goals."
Following his move, Bent said: "The fans are passionate here and they have a fantastic stadium. It is the perfect place for me to play well and score goals."
The striker made a tremendous start to his Sunderland career with a goal in each of his first two matches and a run of six goals in five fixtures from September into October.
He went on to play every Barclays Premier League match in 2009/10 and hit 24 top-flight goals - the third best in the League that season behind Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney.
Bent continued his ever-present run for Sunderland the following season when he hit eight goals in 20 appearances before joining Aston Villa during the January transfer window.
He is still with Villa although he spent a spell on loan at Fulham last season.