Paul Lambert insists there has been no interest shown in Darren Bent amid speculation he will be allowed to leave Aston Villa in the January transfer window. The Villa boss said: "Darren was on the bench last week. We've not had a cross word at all.

"Has there been any interest in Bent? None.

"Are you adamant you want to sell? Listen. my job is to pick a group of lads I think will win the game and that's my main focus, not any other deviation of anything else."

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