Rickie Lambert closing in on move to West Brom

Lambert's Liverpool dream is coming to an end
Lambert's Liverpool dream is coming to an end

Rickie Lambert is expected to finalise a move from Liverpool to West Bromwich Albion in the next few days, although the two clubs have yet to agree a fee for the England striker.

Lambert joined Liverpool in a surprise £4.5m move from Southampton last summer, but he failed to make his mark at Anfield and was linked with a move away from Merseyside in the January transfer window.

While Lambert opted to stay at Liverpool until the end of last season, his exit has been inevitable for the last few weeks after Liverpool signed Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke to bolster their forward line.

Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Tottenham have been linked with a move for Lambert, but West Brom boss Tony Pulis has confirmed he is keen to sign the 33-year-old forward.

“Rickie is available. Liverpool have made that known and we’d be interested," said the West Brom boss.

"It’s very important that we get players who will score goals and Rickie’s got a great goalscoring record.

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

"He didn’t play last year so it’s like bringing a brand new car out of the garage if we did sign him. Just putting a bit of petrol in it and letting it run.”

Ross Murphy