Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will hold talks with club owner Randy Lerner in the next 48 hours as he looks to bring in two more new signings before the transfer window closes.
Lambert’s home debut ended in a 3-1 defeat to Everton – a second successive loss after a 1-0 defeat at West Ham on the opening day – underlining the need to bring in reinforcements.
The manager has confirmed that he will be holding discussions with American owner Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner over potential new arrivals before Friday’s 11pm BST deadline.
He wants to add a striker and a left-back to his squad and said: “Randy, Paul and me will have a conversation, and we’ll see what happens from there. I’ve got ideas in my head – but as I said, I have to speak to them and see.”
Lerner is understood to have initially wanted to offload Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock before bringing in new players as he continues to lower the wage bill at Villa Park, but it is believed Lambert has scope to sign two players even if the experienced duo are not moved on.
Villa retain an interest in Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson and want to add more of a goal threat to help Darren Bent, but Lambert feels Stoke’s Kenwyne Jones or Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe would be out of his price range.
Lambert said: “I think we have to start to win, I know that, that’s first and foremost. Whether you have the players or not, you have to start to win – and that’s something we will try and do.”