Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert may hijack Fulham?s bid for Derek Boateng after the latter failed to meet the financial demands of his club Dnipro.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert may hijack Fulham?s bid for Derek Boateng after the latter failed to meet the financial demands of his club Dnipro. 

The 29-year-old defensive midfielder, a Ghana international, is available to leave FC Dnipro in Ukraine this month.

Boateng has had talks and a medical over a switch to Fulham, pending a work permit, but Villa are considering a late move.

Lambert has admitted he wants a new holding midfielder to protect his leaky defence and has turned down a return to Villa for free-agent Nigel Reo-Coker.

Boateng is currently with the Ghana team in South Africa for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

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