Lambert a fan of Defoe and Jones

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.”