Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert admits he tried to team up Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku at Villa Park.

Benteke has been a huge hit since joining the Villans last summer, but Lambert originally had his eye on Belgian strike-partner Lukaku, before he joined rivals West Brom on a season-long loan.

‘I remember when I first came in here I spoke to Chelsea about Lukaku before we saw Christian,’ Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.

‘I knew about him and this club needed somebody to be that type of player.