Paul Faulkner hints over new Aston Villa deals

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Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner today refused to rule out more signings but insisted they will not move for Hiroshi Kiyotake

The claret and blues were linked with the Nuremburg midfielder but their interest never materialised into a bid.

Villa did enquire about Kiyotake, a Japan international, with the Bundesliga club and Faulkner dismissed any talk of the 23-year-old joining.

"No. We did make an enquiry about the player, but only the sort of enquiry that we make about lots of players during a transfer window," he said in a club webchat. "For some reason - and I have no idea why - his club decided to make that public, but the fact is that our interest never went beyond that initial enquiry."

They have signed six new players and are the priority is to sell Darren Bent, Alan Hutton and Stephen Ireland, who are surplus to requirements, before the September 2 transfer deadline.

Fulham want Bent, with Crystal Palace also linked with a loan move, but no club have met Villa's asking price, believed to be £6m for a permanent deal.

The departures would leave Villa light on numbers and Faulkner said there could still be new signings.

He said: "There are still three weeks left in the window, so at this stage it's still a case of wait and see. Our plan was to do most of our business early in the summer."

Faulkner also revealed the club are not planning any immediate contract talks with boss Paul Lambert with just under two years left on his current deal.

"It is something that we will look at when the time is right for everybody," he said. "We have a fantastic relationship with Paul and his backroom team and he has been great to work with from my point of view. I know that he loves being at Villa and we're looking forward to trying to really achieve something together over the coming years."

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