Aston Villa boss wanted fearsome Belgian strike duo

StrikersAston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed he tried to sign Romelu Lukaku, in the hope of forming a dream strike force with Christian Benteke, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Scot has revealed how he attempted to lure the Belgian forward to Villa Park on a season long loan from Chelsea two summers ago, before being put off by the forward’s wage demands.

Lukaku went on to sign for West Midlands rivals West Brom on loan, and enjoyed a fantastic season. He then returned to Chelsea, only for Jose Mourinho to decide to loan him out once more, this time to Everton.

Lukaku has made an impressive start to life at Goodison Park, and is set to line up against Lambert’s Villa side tomorrow.

And the Scot has revealed his regret at being unable to ensure Lukaku linked up with his international teammate Benteke at club level, saying the pair boast different qualities, but the same goal scoring prowess.

“I remember when I first came in here I spoke to Chelsea about Lukaku before we saw Christian,” revealed Lambert.

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

“Obviously we couldn’t afford that at that time and Christian came in. The rest is history, as they say. They’re totally different players but the two of them are a threat.”

Asked whether it would have been a case of Lukaku or Benteke, Lambert replied:

“No, I would have tried to get Christian as well, probably. What would they have been like together?”

“You really don’t know, but they’re two powerful lads.”

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