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on Aug 22, 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that the former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton is free to search for a new club after being deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park. He has been linked to a move to Anfield by a Liverpool fanzine.

The future of the 27-year-old has been under intense speculation for the last few weeks, with many reports suggesting that Lambert would like to replace him with the signing of his own. As expected, Lambert made the signing of Matthew Lawton, who is expected to be the first choice right back for the team. The former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton joined the club on a permanent basis only recently.

However, he is now free to search for a new club, but is right now training with the team at Villa Park. Paul Lambert, though, has revealed that he is not part of the first-team squad that has travelled to the United States as part of the pre-season tour. Alan Hutton was a £ 6 million signing from Scotland many seasons ago. However, he failed to establish himself as the first choice right back at Tottenham, which led to many loan deals in the last few seasons. He will now be looking for a club where he can play regular football.

“I don’t know, I’m not so sure. He’s shown a good attitude in training so there are no qualms on that front. I spoke to Alan before we went to America and it is the same as before. Nothing has changed really. He is training with the first team and doing everything right. I have no problem with Alan whatsoever and he knows that because I had a chat with him. There have been no inquiries for Alan – not at the minute," said Paul Lambert while on the pre-season tour of the United States. Aston Villa will be facing newly promoted West Ham on the opening day of the season.

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