Lambert denies Bent reports

Paul Lambert says Aston Villa have had no enquiries about Darren Bent and that he hasn't handed in a transfer request.

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Paul Lambert confirmed Aston Villa have received no enquiries for out-of-favour striker Darren Bent and that the England international has not handed in a transfer request.

The Villa manager also denied there is a clause requiring the midlands club to make a £3million payment to Sunderland if Bent makes 50 league appearances for the club.

The 28-year-old has so far clocked up 47 and has not featured on the bench for the past two matches since returning from injury.

Christian Benteke is firmly established as the number one striker with rookie Jordan Bowery preferred as a substitute to Bent.

Lambert said: "Have there been any enquiries for Bent? No. Has he asked to be put on the transfer list? No.

"Is there a clause? That's not true. I'm not sure where that came from."

When asked why Bowery is being preferred as a substitute, Lambert said: "I see what happens every day in training. I see with my own eyes what goes on.

"Jordan Bowery's potential is extremely high and he is an unknown quantity which sometimes can work in your favour. I see every day what goes on.

"We've got 20-odd guys in the same boat together which I pick from.

"I answered about 105 questions (on Bent) the other night. The team I pick will be the team that will go and try win us the game and that's the way I'll always be."

Lambert wants Villa to move further away from relegation danger by spoiling Harry Redknapp's first home game in charge of QPR.

Lambert is aware that a Villa win will lift them 11 points clear of bottom-placed Rangers, who replaced Mark Hughes with Redknapp a week ago.

He believes the pressure will be on QPR and hopes Villa can build on collecting four points from their last two games at home to Arsenal and Reading.

Lambert said: "Harry going in there will automatically give them a big lift because he is a brilliant manager. Everyone knows what Harry can do from the clubs he has been at during his career.

"QPR have an abundance of really good players, the crowd will be buoyant and will get behind him. You wish him well - but after Saturday.

"The pressure is on QPR to make the running but we are definitely a threat, that's for sure.

"We would be happy to win the game for ourselves and keep them down there.

"We are certainly playing well enough to go and win. We are only a few points off mid-table. It is so tight in the bottom half of the table."


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