Lambert hungry for added firepower
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for two new strikers before the close of the transfer window.
Lambert bolstered his ranks on Wednesday by snapping up Middlesbrough left-back Joe Bennett, but the Scot is desperately hoping his summer shopping isn't over yet as he looks to add extra firepower to his side's attack.
Five new faces in all have arrived at Villa Park since the former Norwich boss took over from the sacked Alex McLeish, and he is under no illusions that further additions will be needed to prevent a repeat of last season's struggles.
Lambert is particularly short of experienced options up front with Gabriel Agbonlahor currently injured and Darren Bent only recently back to full fitness.
Genk forward Christian Benteke remains his top target and Villa are understood to have increased their bid to around £5.5m after their intial offer was rejected.
The Midlands club are waiting to whether they have been finally successful in their attempt to land the Belgium international.
Benteke has made it clear he wants to fulfil his dream of playing in the Barclays Premier League although reports he had gone on strike were unfounded.
Lambert is also looking long term and believed to be keen on Chesterfield youngster Jordan Bowery, a 21-year-old striker who has two years left on his current contract.
Bowery made his debut for the Spireites four years ago and has made more than 80 appearances for the club.