Liverpool offer Southampton £4m plus add-ons for Rickie Lambert

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Liverpool hope to make Rickie

Lambert their first summer

signing after lodging a surprise

£4m bid for the Southampton and

England striker.

Lambert, 32, has emerged as

Brendan Rodgers’ third transfer

target at Southampton – along

with the captain, Adam Lallana,

and the defender Dejan Lovren –

with the Liverpool manager keen

to inject different options into an

attack behind Luis Suárez and

Daniel Sturridge next season.

Anfield officials submitted an

initial offer of £4m plus add-ons

for the Liverpool-born forward on

Thursday and aim to conclude the

deal before Lambert departs for

Miami as part of England’s World

Cup squad on Sunday.

Lambert was released by

Liverpool as a schoolboy and

worked his way through the

leagues at Blackpool, Macclesfield

Town, Stockport County, Rochdale

and Bristol Rovers before reaching

the Premier League and

flourishing with Southampton.

The striker is unlikely to be first

choice at Liverpool but the chance

to return to the club he supported

as a boy and to the city where his

family lives would be a huge

attraction for him.

The striker has scored 106 goals

in 207 appearances for

Southampton since joining the

south coast club in 2009 and is

under contract at St Mary’s until

2016. Liverpool’s interest,

however, is a surprise given

Lambert’s age – the club have

targeted much younger players

under the ownership of Fenway

Sports Group – and Rodgers’ past

insistence on perfecting his

preferred playing style rather

than reverting to a “Plan B”.

That said, Rodgers claimed earlier

this year that Lambert is a far

better footballer than he is given

credit for. The Liverpool manager

said: “He’s probably never got the

recognition for what a really good

footballer he is. He is probably

seen as a traditional big number

nine, a typical British striker, but

he’s one of the most accomplished

footballers I’ve seen. Look at his

touch and the different types of

goals he scores; he is a terrific

player.”

Liverpool have made it known

that they are open to offers for

the Spanish forward Iago Aspas.


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