Bruce: Bent deal 50-50

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says he is still unsure whether Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent will be heading to the Stadium of Light this summer.   The Wearsiders have long been linked with a move for the former Ipswich and Charlton talisman, with Peter Crouch's arrival at White Hart Lane from Portsmouth all but guaranteeing that Bent will be plying his trade elsewhere in 2009/10. However, a deal has still yet to be agreed. And with Hull City, Stoke City and Aston Villa also believed to be weighing up moves, Bent angrily lashed out at Tottenham chaiman Daniel Levy on social networking site Twitter on Thursday, urging the Spurs supremo to "stop f**king around." But Bruce has revealed that a deal to bring the forward to the club is still far from completion, with both clubs yet to agree a fee. "Someone says Darren has been Twittering," he told the Sunderland Echo. "I don't even know what that is, but I have seen a few things in the papers about it. "Footballers aren't just objects. There's a human being in this who is obviously caught up in the middle and wants his future sorted out. The situation at the moment is that the clubs are still talking. "We thought we had a deal done a couple of days ago and it has not quite materialised. "We're still hopeful that we can agree a fee with Spurs, but at the moment there's a couple of other clubs showing an interest. "We will do our utmost to get the deal over the line. I would say I was really confident that would happen a couple of days ago, but now I'd say it's 50-50." NEWS: Bent saga beginning to badger Bruce NEWS: Bent pulled off flight to Far East