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The 43-year-old insisted that the Scotland international, who has not featured for the Villans this term, is aware of his position at the club and can speak to others about a move

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has indicated that he is happy to let defender Alan Hutton leave the club on a temporary basis.

The Scotland right-back joined the Midlands outfit from Tottenham in 2011, and started 29 games in the Premier League last season.

However, the 27-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Villans this term, with Eric Lichaj gaining more of first-team exposure after breaking through last season and summer signing Matthew Lowton, who scored against Swansea City on Saturday, also in front of the Scot.

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The 43-year-old Villa boss confirmed that the former Rangers man has the all clear to open talks with clubs over a prospective loan move – with Premier League players still able to join teams further down the English football hierarchy on a temporary basis - before insisting the player is aware he is surplus to requirements.

"There could be a chance of him going out on loan," Lambert told reporters.

"I've told him that if there is something there then he can look at it. I've always been honest with him.

"I think that is the best way of being honest with people. He knows the situation."

Villa have made a slow start to the season - losing to West Ham and Everton – however, they have managed to pick up points in their last two fixtures after drawing in Newcastle and beating the Swans at home.

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