SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Monday, January 21, 2013: Southampton's manager Mauricio Pochettino with captain Rickie Lambert before the Premiership match against Everton at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool bid for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Liverpool are close to completing £4 million deal, plus add ons, for Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert, according to numerous reports on Thursday evening.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2013: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Southampton's Rickie Lambert during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In a move that has come completely out of the blue, Lambert will join his hometown and boyhood club if reports are indeed proven true.

The 32-year-old, born in Kirkby, will complete a dream summer by moving to Liverpool after being included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup.

The Telegraph write that Brendan Rodgers is keen to add depth to his striking options and has identified the 32-year-old Lambert as the ideal recruit.

Four years ago, Lambert – whose previous clubs are Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers – was playing in League One with Southampton.

The Times’ Liverpool correspondent Tony Barrett tweeted that the offer from Liverpool is £4 million plus add ons, the same price reported by The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce and Ben Smith of BBC Sport.

The Guardian report Liverpool “aim to conclude the deal before Lambert departs for Miami as part of England’s World Cup squad on Sunday.”

Some reports suggest Lambert will have his medical on Saturday, after the England game at Wembley on Friday night and before heading to Miami for the pre World Cup training camp next week.

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