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Rickie Lambert set for West Brom medical

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Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert will undergo a medical at West Brom after they had a bid accepted for the England international.

Press Association Sport understands the offer is just under £3 million and the 33-year-old will now travel to the Midlands to complete the deal.

Lambert's arrival at Anfield just over a year ago from Southampton for £4 million was touted as a dream return for a player rejected by the club's academy.

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However, although he made 36 appearances most of those were as a substitute, and he struggled to get a run in the side, even with main striker Daniel Sturridge injured, as he did not really fit manager Brendan Rodgers' style.

He scored just three goals, two of those in back-to-back Premier League matches in November when he was given a chance to start, but never really looked like a long-term option.

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Earlier this week Baggies boss Tony Pulis went public with his admiration for Lambert.

"I think it is very important we get players who score goals and Rickie has a great goalscoring record," he said.

"From what I can gather from people at Liverpool, his fitness levels are very good and he is desperate to play football.

"He didn't play last year so it would be like bringing a brand new car out of the garage if you did sign him, just putting a bit of petrol in him and letting him run."

At Stoke, Pulis built a reputation for maximising the talents of big, strong front men alongside a willing runner and Lambert fits the mould of the former ideally with the manager no doubt hoping he can hang on to Saido Berahino in the face of interest from Tottenham.

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