Lambert denies Aston Villa moves for Defoe and Kenwyne Jones

The boss insists no deals have been finalised for the Stoke City and Tottenham strikers, but remains confident on bringing in support for Darren Bent before the window shuts

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert dismissed recently speculation linking the club with moves for strikers Kenwyne Jones and Jermain Defoe.

Lambert is keen to bring in a new attacking talent before the end of the transfer window next Friday, but insists that the Stoke City and Tottenham strikers will not be arriving at Villa Park.

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

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The boss admitted that he was keen to not mention transfer targets with reports in the media often proving a hindrance when it came to negotiations with other clubs.

Lambert added: "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 then we will have a look at them."

But the former Norwich City boss remains confident of securing further new faces – adding that Darren Bent is in need of support up front for a successful campaign - but is cautious to wrap up a deal as soon as possible and risk any panic buying near the end of the transfer window.

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

"I don't like deadline day. Especially the January one because sometimes you end buying for the sake of buying.

“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."