Paul Lambert claims Aston Villa missed out on Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Paul Lambert has revealed Aston Villa's failed move for Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert has told the Daily Express that he made contact over a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his time at Aston Villa.

Lambert, 46, is now managing in the Championship with Blackburn, having been sacked by Aston Villa in February 2015, leaving with the club in the relegation zone.

Now, the former Norwich boss is looking to rebuild his reputation at Ewood Park, and has a great chance to prove his managerial qualities as his Blackburn side host West Ham United in the FA Cup this weekend.

Ahead of that game though, Lambert has looked back on his time at Villa Park, and spoke to the Daily Express about some of the transfer targets he wanted to sign.

Lambert claims that, in the summer of 2014, he actually offered to resign because he found out he wouldn't have money to spend on new signings, but owner Randy Lerner rejected his resignation.

The Scot also revealed that he wanted to sign Premier League goalscorers Romelu Lukaku and Wilfried Bony in certain transfer windows, but simply didn't have the funds to do so.

The big revelation was yet to come though, as Lambert also claimed that he made contact over a deal to sign Gabon international forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang from St. Etienne in 2013.

Again, Lambert couldn't get the deal done, and Aubameyang went on to join Borussia Dortmund - Lambert's former club, who he won the Champions League with as a player.

The 26-year-old has become a superstar in Germany, having scored a frankly stunning 71 goals in 125 games, including 30 goals in 31 appearances this season.

Recent reports from the Daily Mail claimed that Manchester United were close to securing an incredible £70m swoop for Aubameyang, seemingly meeting Dortmund's asking price for their pacey forward - and Villa fans will be left to wonder what might have been after reading these Lambert comments.

"I offered to resign at the end of my second season at Villa Park," said Lambert. "I knew I wasn't going to get money to spend so I thought, 'ok, let me resign then'. Randy Lerner said, 'No.' He wouldn't accept it. I knew that the club needed big players to come in and we couldn't go and get them. I remember speaking to (Romelu) Lukaku when I first went there."

"I spoke to (Wilfried) Bony in one window. I actually spoke to an agent from France about (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang now at Dortmund. He was at St Etienne and we made contact. It was players like that that I wanted to try and bring in but we were never going to get them. It is a brilliant club but I always think a team that has won the European Cup should not be in the position it is in," he added.

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