Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert could be on his way out of the club this summer amidst speculation that West Bromwich Albion are leading the race for his signature.
The Daily Mirror reports that Baggies boss Tony Pulis is keen on the England international forward, who looks set to become available as Reds boss Brendan Rodgers closes on a move for Christian Benteke.
Down the pecking order
Lambert struggled for opportunities at Anfield last season and the arrival of the £32.5million Belgian hitman would only push the former Southampton star further down the pecking order on Merseyside.
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Having signed for his boyhood club last summer, the dream move failed to fulfil expectations and the 33-year-old started only seven Premier League games, scoring just twice in the process.
Lambert began his senior career at Blackpool but started making his name at Rochdale. After joining Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2006, the goals continued to flow and Southampton came calling three years later.
Fantastic goals record
In his five years at St Mary's, he helped the Saints to two promotions from League One to the Premier League. International recognition followed, and Lambert now has 11 England caps to his name.
He also got the dream move to Liverpool, but after failing to make an immediate impact he had the option to leave in January and join the Villains. Lambert turned it down, but will have another decision to make at the conclusion of the club's current pre-season tour in Australia.
The Baggies are also interested in bringing Carlton Cole to the Hawthorns, according to the report, but Liverpool fans will be much more interested in seeing how the future of Lambert plays out in the coming weeks.
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