Another ex-Liverpool defender linked with Aston Villa? Not quite, says Lambert

Reports that Villa have approached John Arne Riise are apparently wide of the mark.

Paul Lambert has denied making an approach - or indeed having any interest - in the 33-year-old.

Riise, now a free agent after his contract with Fulham expired in the summer, had claimed that Aston Villa was a possible destination for his next career move.

However, Villa boss Lambert has bluntly dismissed claims that he's had contact with the Norway defender.

He told reporters at a pre-match press conference: "That's not one I've even thought about to be honest with you, it must be the rumour mill."

And when asked if the club had made a direct approach for Riise, he said: "It certainly wasn't with myself, that's for sure."

Riise had fallen out of favour at Fulham last season, which was his third at the club.

Before that, the 33-year-old enjoyed spells at Roma and, of course, Liverpool, where he won a number of trophies, notably the Champions League.

Riise is best remembered for his surging runs down the left-hand side - mostly made in the earlier years of his career - and his thunderous shot from long range and dead-ball situations.

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