Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner will make money available for quality signings this month.

The Daily Mail says the American billionaire has a live feed of every Villa match beamed to him via satellite link and, within minutes of the final whistle, he swaps his thoughts with chief executive Paul Faulkner.

His verdict after watching yet another defeat was that 'doing nothing is not an option' after Southampton striker Rickie Lambert's penalty divided the teams during this desperate relegation dogfight.

Lerner is ready and willing to foot the bill, should Villa boss Paul Lambert find the experienced centre-half and midfielder he desperately needs to add know-how to a side that is lacking direction and organisation.