Expected to leave Liverpool this summer after a poor 2014/15 season, Rickie Lambert is subject of interest from West Bromwich Albion, reports claim.
Rickie Lambert could soon leave Liverpool, according to reports on Tuesday, with Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion interested in signing him this summer.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo writes: “The big frontman, who is expected to leave Anfield this summer, is wanted by Baggies boss Tony Pulis.
“Lambert has also been linked with Queens Park Rangers and Premier League new boys Bournemouth.
“The 33-year-old turned down a £5million transfer to Aston Villa back in February but is now resigned to moving on in search of regular first-team football.”
Lambert’s departure seems inevitable ahead of the Reds’ renewed charge for the top four in 2015/16.
Danny Ings and Divock Origi have already joined Brendan Rodgers’ attacking ranks and Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke is being actively pursued.
West Brom‘s interest may have stemmed from the arrival of scout Mel Johnson, who joined the Midlands side after leaving Liverpool in November.
Pearce continues: “Johnson and fellow Baggies new recruit Andy Thorn, the former Coventry City boss, have been involved in drawing up West Brom’s list of summer targets.”
Lambert’s physical style would certainly suit the rigid, direct tactical system of Pulis’ West Brom.
Still a talented player, a move down the Premier League table could see him flourish.
He would leave with his reputation intact, with Liverpool supporters appreciation his endeavour following his £4 million return to his boyhood club last summer.