Aston Villa will step up their efforts to make Norwich boss Paul Lambert their new manager in the next 24 hours, Press Association Sport understands.

Villa are finally set to make an official approach for Lambert as they look to find a successor to the sacked Alex McLeish.

Lambert has guided the Canaries to two successive promotions and established them in the Barclays Premier League last season. But it is understood Norwich will not welcome such an approach and will fight hard to keep the Scot, who is operating on a rolling contract at Carrow Road.

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