By Chris Harris at London Colney

Arsène Wenger believes that clubs still pay over the odds for English players.

The biggest move of the January transfer window took place this week when Darren Bent completed a surprise switch from Sunderland to Aston Villa.

The deal is worth a reported £18 million but that could rise to £24 million depending on Bent’s success at Villa Park. According to Wenger that is proof that the English market is still inflated.

“They [Premier League signings] are very expensive - look at Bent,” he said.

“If you look at the transfer prices in England, the inflation is still there. They have added the VAT to all the prices.”

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