Paul Lambert wants to lower Aston Villa's wage bill as he prepares to spend his second season in the Midlands, and this could mean the departure of several big-name players.

Since taking over as manager, the Scot has opted for a policy of bringing through youth players, which has seen the likes of Darren Bent and Stephen Ireland struggle for game time.

According to the Daily Star, Lambert is looking to find new clubs for the pair in an effort to reduce a large wage bill. Meanwhile Alan Hutton, Shay Given and Barry Bannan may also be facing inevitable Villa Park exits.

Hutton - who arrived from Tottenham Hotspur for £9m - spent last season on loan at Mallorca, and a deal taking him back to the Balearic Isle could soon be in place.

However, 37-year-old Shay Given could prove to be harder to shift. The Irish goalkeeper still has three years left on his £60,000-a-week salary, which continues to dent Villa's finances. 

Darren Bent is thought to be the most sought after of these want-away players, and he is likely to be keen to find regular football at a new club. 

Lambert's trust in youngsters like Christian Benteke, Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood has resulted in the more senior players of his squad being frozen out.

It seems that these deals will benefit both the club and the players, who have not even been training with the first team recently.

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