No interest in Aston Villa forward Bent, says Lambert

The Villans boss has insisted that the club's record signing will not be on his way out of Villa Park this January and says his main focus is simply picking a winning team
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed there has been no interest from other clubs in striker Darren Bent ahead of the January transfer window.

The former Tottenham and Sunderland striker became Aston Villa’s record signing when he joined the club for a reported £24 million in January 2011.

However, the England international has been placed firmly out of the first-team picture at Villa Park this term, having been stripped of the club captaincy at the start of the season and been given a limited number of appearances since.

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Bent has scored just two goals and Lambert has vehemently denied reports of a falling out with the striker on numerous occasions, but speculation has continued about the forward’s future at the Midlands club.

When asked if there was any interest in the forward, Lambert told reporters: "No, none."

The 28-year-old front man has been linked with a move away from the Villans for some time now, with Harry Redknapp’s QPR touted as a likely destination.

But when asked if he wanted to sell the striker, the Villa boss replied:  "No.”

“My job is to pick, as I always say, a team and a group of lads that I think can win a game, and that's my main focus, and not any other deviation of anything else."