Tottenham probe Bent Twitter tantrum

LONDON - England striker Darren Bent apologised to his club Tottenham Hotspur on Friday after criticising the Premier League side on his Twitter page. The comments on the social networking website included an expletive aimed at chairman Daniel Levy amid a rant about Bent's frustrations over drawn-out negotiations surrounding a possible transfer to fellow Premier League side Sunderland. "Do I wanna go Hull City? NO. Do I wanna go Stoke? NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland? YES," Bent's 'Twitter' page said after he was also linked in British media with Hull and Stoke City. "Why can't anything be simple? It is so frustrating hanging around doing nothing while they sort the confusion out." A Spurs spokesman said earlier the club was investigating whether Bent had posted the comments himself. "I allowed my emotions to get in the way of my better judgement. I regret my actions and did not intend to offend Daniel Levy or anyone with the nature or the content of my posting," Bent said in a statement on the club's official website. Bent, who was Tottenham's top scorer last season with 17 goals, was withdrawn from a pre-season trip to China on Monday to begin negotiations over a moer to Sunderland. "I appreciate that transfers are seldom straightforward and are often complex. However, after a long period of waiting following my withdrawal from the plane to China, I had become incredibly frustrated by the time these things take and I posted inappropriate comments on my Twitter site," he added. TRANSFER STALEMATE Sunderland manager Steve Bruce told Sky Sports News the failure to agree on a transfer fee was the main stumbling block to concluding a deal for Bent to join the north-east club. "Only 24, 48 hours ago we thought we were virtually there. Obviously, other clubs have shown an interest. "We're hopeful that we can still try and do a deal if we possibly can... we will obviously pick up discussions in the next two, three days and see what it takes," Bruce said. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said it was up to the club and the chairman to decide how to negotiate any deal. "He (Levy) knows what he wants and if (he) doesn't get it then he doesn't accept the offer. It's up to whoever wants to buy him (Bent) to pay the money the club wants. "If they don't pay it then there is no deal. That's football," Redknapp told reporters after Spurs won the pre-season Asia Trophy in Beijing on Friday.