Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish admits it is 'difficult' to comment on whether he will try to sign Alan Hutton to replace the Queens Park Rangers bound Luke Young.
QPR are set to finalise a move for Young after Villa allowed the former England international to secure a return to a London-based club.
Tottenham Hotspur full-back Hutton has been linked with a move to Villa Park to replace Young after playing under McLeish at Rangers and for Scotland.
McLeish confirmed he is keen to bring in more experienced bodies before the transfer deadline, but refused to be drawn on any interest in Hutton.
Thin on the ground
"We will try to fill that gap, we will try to bring someone else in," said McLeish.
"Am I interested in Alan Hutton? He is a Spurs player. It's difficult for me to comment on other team's players.
"But we are ready with a few names. We would try and add. We are thin on the ground in terms of experience in the squad.
"We have a lot of good young players but in terms of experienced ones we are a bit thin."
Regarding Young's imminent exit to QPR, McLeish added: "We've had an offer that was acceptable to the club. I think he thought he had no future here last year and moved his family back to London.
"There was an agreement between Luke and I before the start of the season that, if it was right for both us and him, then we may agree to him going back to London."