Liverpool are closing on the shock signing of Southampton striker Rickie Lambert in a deal worth £4m plus add-ons, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers believes that Lambert can offer a different dimension in attack and make sure Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have genuine competition for their starting spot next season, despite the England international's advancing years.
Lambert, a massive boyhood Liverpool fan, is currently busy preparing for England's friendly against Peru on Friday night, but with less than two years left on his Southampton contract the managerless club will reluctantly consider allowing the veteran forward to leave.
The 32-year-old's remarkable rise to the has epitomised Southampton's transformation from League One contenders to eighth in the Premier League, scoring 106 goals in four seasons along the way.
Saints fans have been forced to watch Mauricio Pochettino sign for Spurs and this news will no doubt come as a massive shock to the system, with Lambert's England colleagues Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw also being monitored closely by a host of top clubs.
Lallana has himself been the subject of a £20m approach by the Merseyside giants already this summer, but Rodgers wants in strength in depth across all positions next season and has extended that search to Lambert.
The lure of playing Champions League football for his favourite team is likely to mean Lambert now ends up at Anfield before the World Cup in a shocking turn of events, if the Reds can reach a quick agreement with Saints over the terms of the deal.
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