Lambert looks to sign Hendrick
Published 24/01/2013 | 05:00
IRELAND new boy Jeff Hendrick has emerged as a transfer target for struggling Aston Villa.
Despite being just 20, Hendrick has made more than 80 appearances for the Rams and is a strong competitor in a physical league, something that has impressed Trapattoni when he watched the midfielder at close quarters over the last two weeks.
Lambert has been working under a reduced budget at Villa Park and has blooded a host of youngsters since taking over. In addition, the Villa boss has signed a number of prospects from lower divisions and Hendrick fits that profile.
The 26-year-old Ireland international has been at the Russian club since 2010 and they want him to stay beyond 2014, when his contract expires. He has also interested Zenit St Petersburg, but it is believed he wants to leave the country.
He has been sidelined since last September by a hip injury, needing surgery the following month to shave some bone from his hip.