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Rickie Lambert will undergo medical ahead of move to West Brom

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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 £3million 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 £4m was touted as a dream return for a player rejected by the club’s academy.

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.

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 maximizing 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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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Yespage

    August 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Best of luck to Lambert. Nice to see Liverpool only lost 1 million in this deal.

  2. Brian

    August 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

    This could be the bargain of the season as Lambert can score goals in the right system and Pulis will play to his strengths unlike Rodgers who wants players to play a certain way, even out of position, regardless of whether it suits the players. Lambert and Berahino could get West Brom to finish in the top half of the league.

  3. Martin J.

    July 31, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Very good piece of business by Pulis who will get the best out of Lambert. Rodgers has a very poor track record with players struggling at Liverpool but doing well elsewhere. Lambert will be able to thrive in Pulis’ system and could get over 10 goals for West Brom this season. Pulis will use him properly. At 3 million it’s a bargain.

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