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Lambert rules out strike duo

Villa boss looking to sign a player - but it won't be Jones or Defoe

Lambert left frustrated

Paul Lambert: Will not be signing Jermain Defoe or Kenwyne Jones

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has ruled out a move for Kenwyne Jones but is still hoping to bring players in.

The Villa boss has been heavily linked with a move to reunite the Stoke target-man with Darren Bent in an attempt to recreate their Sunderland partnership.

Jermain Defoe has also been suggested as a possible new arrival at Villa Park but Lambert insists those deals will not be happening and has stressed he intends to be very careful about who he brings in.

"They are two top, top players, those lads. But that's not going to happen here," he said.

"I have seen the rumours linking us with some players but a lot of them aren't going to happen. I have never stopped looking. Someone might come in."

Paul Lambert

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"I have seen the rumours linking us with some players but a lot of them aren't going to happen.

"I have never stopped looking. Someone might come in.

"We'll have to wait and see. You can never be quite sure until someone walks through the door and they are actually here.

Difficult

"It's difficult because of the prices and that's a hard thing. I think it's well documented the type of players I'm looking for.

"They have to want to succeed and be hungry to do it. That's another issue you have to deal with. If they tick those boxes than we will have a look at them."

Looking ahead to the anxious hours leading up to the window closing, Lambert said: "I don't like deadline day. Especially the January one because sometimes you end buying for the sake of buying.

"You can panic. I'm not a big advocate of it."

Although he does not intend to panic buy, the former Norwich boss has been forced to concede that Bent needs more support than he received in last weekend's defeat at West Ham if Villa are to enjoy a successful campaign.

Ahead of their home clash with Everton on Saturday, the Scot said: "I can understand the frustration because I was frustrated myself.

"From back to middle we did fine. You can't have that much of the ball and not create a chance and that is something I have to rectify."

Phone ban

Another thing Lambert is seeking to rectify is excessive phone use at the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground as it emerged he has banned players from using their mobiles.

"I don't need people Googling things and all that. We're here to play football and you respect the player and have discipline like anywhere else."

Paul Lambert

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"My own phone doesn't work so if mine doesn't, no-one else's does," he joked.

"It's a place of work and a profession. They are professional footballers.

"I don't need people Googling things and all that. We're here to play football and you respect the player and have discipline like anywhere else.

"I don't apply a steel rod or anything, just certain things we will try to implement.

"They are here to work. Football is a different game. It's an environment in which you want them to train and work hard.

"They need to focus on it and do everything you can to win. I have no problems with the players."