Lambert is keen to bring some experienced performers to Villa Park to help his youthful side along as he looks to end their slump in form.
The Villa Park chief admits he has identified several targets, but concedes finances could be a problem for him to do the deals.
"I'm trying to improve the squad," said Lambert. "And if we can bring one or two in, whether that's permanent or loans, I will try.
"I've identified ones I will try to get them in, but we will have to see.
"We might want to bring in one or two experienced ones to help the younger ones on the pitch.
"You think experienced players might help you in certain areas of the pitch. But sometimes the salaries are ridiculous which I don't think this club will do again.
"That's the reality. If one comes up and everyone thinks it is right you look at it.
"It's a challenge to go and find players but with top end ones the salaries are a bit high.
"I had one today and I nearly fell off my chair - I put the phone down on that one! That's what you are working with, that's the nature of the game, it's too much."
It appears Aston Villa have exactly the opposite problem to most other Premiership sides - whilst teams like Cardiff, Albion and Spurs show total impatience matched only by their unrealistic idea of where they should be in the League, Randy Lerner is almost comatose in facing up to the real issues facing Villa. Unlike Cardiff and Albion, Villa should be a shoe in for the top 6 but since O Neills departure have consistently underachieved under the stewardship of an increasingly mediocre string of managers. The only thing more baffling than Lerner's failure to realise he has bought a pig in a poke (again) is the fans blind loyalty to a man who clearly lacks any tactical awareness. It is of course a clever tactic to talk, as Lambert does, of a long term project in an attempt to buy time - this will surely be his last management position, so he is well advised to milk it for all it is worth. But there is no plan in this, just a set of knee jerk reactions typical of a man who does not know how to get the best out of a talented but under performing group of players. The insistence on deploying 4-5-1 at home in spite of the deplorable return in points and the mounting frustration of fans deprived of entertaining football shows a lack of imagination that beggars belief. Boring, dire, turgid, naive - these are the adjectives applicable to this once great club. Two freak results are all that have kept us out of the bottom 3. In 50 years of watching the Villa I have never been more disappointed about the present or pessimistic about the future. We will be relegated under the present manager whose win percentage is completely unacceptable - if not this season, then next. There are no green shoots of recovery, just rot which is eating away at the foundations of a once great club living on past glories. Get AVB, give him 5 years not this loser.- timp