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Lambert explores Lescott option
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will explore the possibility of signing Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott in the transfer window.
Lescott is currently out of favour at City following the arrival of young central defender Matija Nastasic, and Lambert has admitted he would love to add the 30-year-old to his squad as Villa look to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Lescott was a childhood Villa fan, although Lambert admits it may be difficult to persuade the former Everton man to make the move to the struggling side.
"Joleon has been a top player and still is," said Lambert. "He's a top, top player. He's not getting a game at Manchester City at the minute.
"As I've said before, I will sit with the rest of the staff and see what I can do. But I don't think you can ever dismiss it any level whenever you are talking about a top player."
Lambert acknowledged he will look to strengthen his playing squad where possible, with Villa currently outside the relegation zone by a single point.
The Scot added: "There are names we're trying to do. I think everyone has said it's a really tough window in January.
"We won't just get people in for the sake of getting them in - there is ridiculous money and that sort of thing. That's not something I'll do but there's one or two that we will try to.
"People go on about age and all that. If players want to do it and are hungry then we're open to that. I'll just see, I'll wait and see."
Lambert believes he will receive financial backing from Villa owner Randy Lerner, insisting they share a good relationship despite the poor recent run of results.
He said: "I speak to the chairman all the time. I speak to him every week really. There's never a problem. "He's been great, he really has. He said himself that this was always going to be a really tough year because of the transition."