England striker Rickie Lambert has joined Liverpool from Southampton for and initial £4m fee, it has been confirmed.
The transfer fee will apparently rise depending on the number of appearances made by the talented striker.
The media was rife with reports on the matter last week which appeared to be confirmed following the sighting of Lambert at the Reds' medical facility. Lambert later wrote a letter bidding farewell to the club and its fans which was published on the Southampton website.
Lambert was released by Liverpool when he was a 15-year-old youth player and returns to his boyhood club 17 years later as an English international veteran. With a commendable record of 13 goals and 10 assists from 37 games at Southampton this season, it is no surprise that the striker attracted the attention of the big guns of England.
After finishing second in what was arguably one of their best seasons in the past few years, Liverpool have set about bolstering their squad.
Linked with many English and international stars, the Merseyside club have proven their intent with the signing of Lambert. Players like Alberto Moreno, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana and others are the big names who are likely to change clubs and Liverpool appear to shown a firm interest in all of them.
At St. Mary's, a mass exodus seems to be in the making with Shaw, Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne linked with big money moves. Currently without a manager, the club must act fast to prevent such a mishap, especially after a potent season in the Premier League.
Lambert will face stiff competition at Liverpool, with world-class strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez currently first choice. However, under Rodgers' this move will surely be a boost for his career.
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