Liverpool have agreed a deal with West Brom for the transfer of striker Rickie Lambert, according to reports.
Goal today claim to have information alluding to the fact that the Reds have negotiated a departure for the man they purchased only last summer, with Tony Pulis willing to pay £3million to take him to The Hawthorns.
Lambert on the move
Just 12 months after Brendan Rodgers paid Southampton £4m for Lambert the target man has been heavily linked with the Anfield exit door, following a campaign wherein he found the back of the net three times in 36 appearances across all competitions.
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Now though it seems as though his bags have been packed and a medical is imminent, with the Reds set to recoup almost as much as they paid for him due to Pulis’ desire to get a deal done.
Indeed it’s logical to assume Lambert was aware he would be spending most of his time on the bench of he remained at Anfield, with the arrivals of Danny Ings from Burnley and Christian Benteke from Aston Villa giving Rodgers plenty of options.
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The Northern Irishman now has six strikers to choose from, Lambert included, with Daniel Sturridge yet to return from injury, Ings and Benteke having been purchased (the former on a free) and Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini still on the books.
Lambert not the only one
The chances are that at least one of the latter two, possibly both, will follow Lambert out of the exit door, with both men having been mentioned in connection with returns to Serie A of late.
Borini is believed to be a major target for Torino, whilst the chief at both Sampdoria and Bologna have gone on record confirming that they would look to strike a deal for Balotelli.
As a result there’s a steady conveyor belt of business doing the rounds at Liverpool, with Rodgers desperate to find a formula that allows him to break back into the top four next season.
The sale of Luis Suarez certainly disrupted the potent arrangement the Reds boss had fine-tuned during the 2013/14 campaign, and by all accounts the club has yet to properly recover.
That was where Lambert, and Balotelli, were supposed to come in, having arrived last summer with the task of filling the void left by Suarez’s move to Barcelona.
Since Lambert managed just three goals in all competitions and his Italian counterpart mustered four that ambition wasn’t realised, so Rodgers can hardly be blamed for offloading them.
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