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Reports: West Brom preparing £3 million bid for Rickie Lambert

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While he has travelled for Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, Rickie Lambert is set to depart this summer, with West Bromwich Albion interested.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 4, 2014: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert in action against West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rickie Lambert could be the next Liverpool player to leave this summer, with West Bromwich Albion preparing a £3 million bid for the target man.

John Percy of the Telegraph reported on the Baggies’ interest on Monday.

“Tony Pulis will make a £3 million bid for Rickie Lambert this week as he steps up his search for signings at West Bromwich Albion,” he wrote.

“Pulis has prioritised a move for the Liverpool striker and will table a firm offer when he returns from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States on Tuesday.

“Lambert has been told he can leave Anfield barely 12 months after his £4 million move from Southampton and will be offered the chance to resurrect his career at the Hawthorns.”

Lambert joined from Southampton last summer, making a dream move back to his boyhood club.

But just 15 Premier League appearances—spanning 825 minutes—later, Lambert finds himself surplus to requirements at Anfield.

Following the summer arrivals of Danny Ings and Divock Origi, along with the likely signing of Aston Villa centre-forward Christian Benteke, Lambert is part of a three-strong group of Reds strikers likely to move on this summer.

Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini remained in Liverpool for pre-season as they look to find new clubs.

Percy continues: “Lambert, 33, has now emerged as one of West Brom‘s leading targets and a bid is expected in the next few days.

“Albion believe £3 million will be enough to land the England international, who was sent to an Adelaide hospital over the weekend after suffering an injury in training.”

With just one year left on his contract, £3 million for Lambert would represent good business for the Reds.

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