Rickie Lambert could make Southampton return

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Southampton have been linked to a sensational swoop that would see former hero Rickie Lambert return to the South coast.

The Daily Express reports that Liverpool are keen to send Lambert back to his former club in the transfer window to make room for newer striking reinforcements at the club.

The move would be held in high regard with the Southampton fans due to their relationship with the star, although it remains to be seen whether Ronald Koeman is interested in the England striker.

Saints reunion

Should Lambert return to Southampton, it would represent a failed period on Merseyside at his boyhood club.

However, with the striker still held in such high regard by the Southampton faithful, it would be a move welcomed by many at St. Mary's.

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There is still a large number of his former colleagues at Southampton and should he return he would definitely be made to feel welcome immediately, despite leaving last summer.

Pelle backup

That being said, with Graziano Pelle in such good form, Lambert might not be able to get back into Koeman's first eleven.

The Italian striker was brought in as Lambert's replacement this summer and has scored nine goals in 14 games this season.

Any move for Lambert would therefore look to be as a backup for Pelle rather than a replacement, something Lambert may not settle for.

With Pelle a younger more mobile option making him the obvious first-choice, the ability to rest Pelle and call on Lambert is something definitely worth considering for Koeman, especially if the deal was available on the right terms.

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