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Reports: Aston Villa have made Norwich manager Paul Lambert their main target

Aston Villa have reportedly made Paul Lambert their main target Credit: ITV Anglia

Aston Villa are due to step up their efforts to make Norwich boss Paul Lambert their new manager today.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the 42-year-old Scot has walked out on Norwich last night after being refused permission to speak to Villa. If that is true, it would complicate the issue of whether Norwich would be compensated.

It is understood Norwich were preparing to rebuff any such an approach and fight hard to keep the Scot, who has been operating on a rolling contract at Carrow Road.

Aston Villa only avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League by two points and had significantly to reduce their wage bill after debts of more than £50million for the year ending May 2011.

So far, Norwich City haven't commented.

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