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Rickie Lambert deal off for Villa?

Rickie has apparently turned down the chance to join his brother Paul at Villa*

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Rickie Lambert appears to have turned down the chance of a lifetime to leave his beloved Liverpool and join eternal strugglers Aston Villa. I know, a heartbreaking story. Well maybe not for him but it leaves Villa with only 3 strikers for the rest of the season (I'm not counting Kozak as Paul has already suggested he may not feature). I could quote any of a hundred journalists to just tweet that but I'll go with the one that works for the Liverpool Echo:

A potential blow to Villa's plans. Competition is desperately needed for Christian Benteke in order to get him going again. Can Villa get someone in before the window "slams shut"? I sure hope so.

*Not really his brother.