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According to the Mirror, Lambert recently took a trip to the Netherlands in order to keep tabs on PSV striker Jurgen Locadia—a man who could reportedly replace Christian Benteke.
Villa's talismanic striker notched 19 goals in his debut season and was linked with a number of high-profile clubs around Europe, but after initially handing in a transfer request, he signed a contract extension through to 2017.
However, after four goals in his first four games of this campaign—despite none in his last nine—it appears that the rumours surrounding a possible move are back.
And, naturally, with reports linking Benteke with an exit, rumours currently suggest that Villa are looking for a replacement.
The Mirror's Alan Nixon writes:
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is chasing PSV Eindhoven striker Jurgen Locadia – as he searches for Christian Benteke’s replacement
Lambert made a hush-hush trip to Holland to see the big and bustling 20-year-old hitman in action for the Dutch giants last weekend.
Locadia – a strapping 6ft 3in tall – is a similar type of player and Lambert is weighing up whether to make a £4million offer for him if Benteke attracts a bid in the transfer window.
Villa will, of course, hope that they can keep hold of the Belgian and may still be interested in Locadia if possible.
The Villans have found goals from all over the pitch this season—even the two full-backs have scored—but the strikers have struggled in front of goal.
Though Lambert signed Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak during the summer, the two have failed to impress this term.
Kozak has found the net on two occasions, but has done very little else to contribute towards the team. Helenius has seen just 52 minutes of league action and failed to inspire—something which could force Lambert into bringing in another striker.