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Aston Villa tried to sign Southampton star Tadic

Tadic has sparkled since joining Southampton. Credit: PA

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he tried to sign Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic in January 2013, but could not complete a deal with FC Twente.

Tadic joined the Saints for a reported £10.9million in the summer and has been key in their rise to second in the Barclays Premier League.

The Serbia international will face Villa on Monday, but could well have been lining up in Villa colours.

We tried to get Tadic here, the January before last. We tried to do something, but couldn't do it.

That's the way it goes, because he's a good player. So we've known about his talents for a while now, but we couldn't quite get it done.

There were loads of factors which just meant we couldn't get it done. It was January 2013, he was at FC Twente and they were looking for a right few quid.

– Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert


Lambert unhappy with Switzerland over Senderos

Senderos is facing a month on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hit out at Switzerland's handling of Philippe Senderos and insists they mismanaged the injured defender

The 29-year-old suffered a calf injury while on international duty after recovering from a thigh problem and is now out for up to a month.

It has left Villa with just two fit centre-backs in Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore - who has not played this season after recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury - for Monday's visit of Southampton.

Lambert said:

That's the one I'm not happy about it at all, Philippe. He is the one which has annoyed me the most. He went away with his national team and if you look at his record he has only played six minutes, against West Ham, for a month. He goes away with Switzerland and ends up pulling his calf in a training exercise.

It's mismanagement from the FA in Switzerland. They should have been in dialogue and seen his record in the first place and that he didn't play for a month.

It's OK for them to go away and think 'we have only lost a centre half' but we have lost a centre half for a month again, who has been a vital part of the team.

– Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert


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