Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has ruled out moves for strikers Jermain Defoe and Kenwyne Jones, but admits he is in the market for new signings before the transfer window closes next week.
The Villa boss has been linked with Tottenham striker Defoe and Stoke counterpart Jones in recent days, with Darren Bent currently his only available proven goalscorer. However, Lambert insists that while new faces may arrive, neither of those two will be among them.
"They are two top, top players, those lads. But that's not going to happen here," he said. "I have seen the rumours linking us with some players but a lot of them aren't going to happen."
He added: "I have never stopped looking. Someone might come in.
"We'll have to wait and see. You can never be quite sure until someone walks through the door and they are actually here.
"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 than we will have a look at them."
Looking ahead to the anxious hours leading up to the window closing, Lambert said: "I don't like deadline day. Especially the January one because sometimes you end up buying for the sake of buying.
"You can panic. I'm not a big advocate of it."
- Kenwyne Jones
- Jermain Defoe