Lambert admits Carroll interest
Aston Villa have joined the race for Andy Carroll's signature as the striker continues to be tipped for a move away from Liverpool.
Carroll's future at Anfield has been placed in doubt by the arrival of fellow forward Fabio Borini in a £8m switch from Roma last week, which follows hot-on-the-heels of comments by new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers that he may be prepared to let him leave on loan. Rodgers is also stepping up his interest in Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey and his signing would surely open the door for potential suitors to seal a deal for the England international. West Ham, Fulham and the 23-year-old's old club Newcastle have also been linked with a move for the Reds targetman, while Villa manager Paul Lambert is known to be on the look out for extra firepower to bolster his side's striking options. The prospect of pairing Carroll up with England team-mate Darren Bent at Villa Park is one which would appeal to Lambert, if he was to officially become available. He told Sky Sports News: "There's no doubt he's a top player, and it wouldn't be one I would dismiss if it was there. "I've always said that the group need a hand. They need players to come in and give them a hand and we're trying to get them in." The Scot has made three additions to his squad so far since taking over, with Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi and Matthew Lowton having all arrived at the club since the end of last season.