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Villa boss Lambert planning major summer clearout

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is overseeing a major summer clearout.

The Birmingham Mail says Lambert could bid farewell to half-a-dozen players with Richard Dunne, Eric Lichaj, Andy Marshall and loanee Simon Dawkins already released and others told they can leave. Darren Bent and Shay Given are looking for new clubs, while Stephen Ireland will discuss the terms of his likely exit and Alan Hutton's future is still to be resolved.

There are also question marks over Brett Holman and Barry Bannan after their first-team opportunities became limited, while rookie defender Derrick Williams is keeping his options open.

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