Reading are ready to bid £8million for Southampton target-man Rickie Lambert, according to the Reading Chronicle.
Nigel Adkins is desperate to add another striker to his squad after Noel Hunt and Simon Church were released. When at Southampton, Adkins was a big fan of Lambert and new manager Mauricio Pochettino is less so. Metro reports Southampton will allow Lambert to leave if they can complete the signing of Roma's Pablo Osvaldo.
Lambert scored 93 goals in 170 games for the Saints but, at 31, Southampton may want to move on to a younger talent. They have been linked with 24-year-old Leandro Damiao. If this deal goes through, it looks almost certain that Lambert will leave, or risk spending the majority of the season on the bench.
The transfer makes even more sense if Reading's big striker Pavel Pogrebnyak leaves the Berkshire club. Pogrebnyak has expressed his interest in a move back to the Premier League, although, as of yet, no Premier League club has come in for him.
Reading look certain to miss out on target Gary Hooper, who is tipped to complete a move to Queens Park Rangers this week.
As Adkins' search for a striker to strengthen Reading's chances of a return to the Premier League continues, it seems Lambert would be a great move.
Reading have showed quality in pre-season, beating Portuguese first division side SC Olhanense 5-1. Should they get Southampton's talisman, they will have a very good chance of promotion back to the Premier League.
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