Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been forced to drop his pursuit of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The People says Lambert has been told he has a maximum of £10million to spend on strengthening Aston Villa's squad this summer - and that includes wages and transfer fees.

Lambert wanted to add new West Bromwich Albion signing Joleon Lescott, Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby, and Hernandez to Villa's ranks but their wage demands proved beyond the Birmingham club who have had to settle instead for Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole.

Lambert has been able to offer both players £1m-a-year - but with the average salary in the top-flight now £3.2m, he is having his work cut out to attract talent.

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