Pundit Darren Bent has proved he is not cut out for the pundit game after a laughable suggestion involving Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Bent, who played for Spurs, has been trying to make his name as a pundit since his retirement.

But if his latest comments on West Ham are anything to go by Bent has a long way to go.

It has been a long international break for everyone, fans and pundits alike.

And it showed for Bent when he suggested this week that Tottenham should sign West Ham’s £75million rated star Issa Diop.

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‘Not a bad shout’

Speaking to Football Insider Bent said: “Obviously listen if they could get him in from West Ham, Diop.

“That’s not a bad shout.”

Except that’s exactly what it is Darren, a really bad shout.

There are several factors which make this one of the more ludicrous suggestions in recent memory.


Firstly Diop is committed to West Ham. He told France Football in the summer he does not see the club as a stepping stone.

“West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere, it’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities,” he told France Football as also reported by Football London.

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Bent gets it so, so wrong

“Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression.”

Diop was linked with Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United and Barcelona in the summer (Telegraph).

So even if he was to leave West Ham it would be for a much bigger club than Tottenham. And one where he might actually be able to win a trophy or two.

Then there is the fact Spurs can no longer be considered a huge step up from the Hammers.

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Tottenham the last place Diop would go

Manuel Pellegrini has been slowly closing the gap on the top six. And in the last 33 Premier League games – almost an entire season – West Ham have picked up just three less points that Tottenham.

But of course most pertinent is the fact West Ham’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold vowed never to do business with Tottenham again after a series of bitter bust-ups.

From Daniel Levy trying to muscle in on West Ham’s move to the London Stadium to a feud over Spurs’ move for then Hammers hero Scott Parker and Levy scuppering a last gasp transfer deadline deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor (The Guardian).

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