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Aston Villa interested in Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones


John Curtis
Friday 17 August 2012 11:41 BST
Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring a sublime winner
Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring a sublime winner (Reuters)

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted being an admirer of Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones as he looks to further strengthen his squad.

But Lambert says it is a case of "wait and see" in terms of whether either will be heading to Villa Park.

Villa have been linked strongly with Defoe, who netted England's winner against Italy in Berne on Wednesday, and Trinidad and Tobago forward Jones.

When asked if interested in the pair, Lambert said: "You are talking about two really good players, different types of players there.

"I think a club this size will always be linked with players of that ilk.

"I don't think you ever stop looking for players. You have always got to try and improve.

"Whether they come in or not, we will have to wait and see but any manager will tell you, you are always going to look for players."

Lambert confirmed there was no imminent move likely for full-back Stephen Warnock and Alan Hutton, who can leave if the price is right.

He said: "(Nothing is happening) at the minute. I've picked a squad for tomorrow at West Ham that will go and compete and do the very best they can.

"I spoke to Stephen and Alan, they know the situation, what is going on."


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