Lambert passes Liverpool medical


Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert has passed a medical at Liverpool after the clubs agreed a fee of about £4m plus add-ons.

The 32-year-old’s move to Anfield will be confirmed on Monday, after he has flown to Miami with the rest of England’s World Cup squad.
The Liverpool-born forward will sign a two-year deal at the club where he spent five years as a youth player.
Lambert was an unused substitute in England’s 3-0 win over Peru on Friday.
He scored 14 goals in 39 games this season, and has netted 117 times in 235 appearances since joining Southampton from Bristol Rovers in 2009.
Lambert, whose contract at St Mary’s has two years remaining, has won four England caps, scoring twice.
And former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler believes his signing is a smart move by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
“From a Liverpool point of view, it’s a perfect fit,” Fowler told BBC Sport.
“For £4m-£5m, it is a fantastic piece of business for a recognised English striker who is proven in the Premier League.
“He’s probably a little bit different from what we’ve got already but he’s a Liverpool lad and all his family are from Liverpool, so straight away you are going to get that extra 10% from him.”
Southampton turned down one offer from Liverpool for Lambert, having rejected a similar bid from West Ham in January. (external)
There has been interest in the striker from other clubs, but it is understood he was only considering Liverpool.
Saints, without a manager following Mauricio Pochettino’s move to Tottenham, decided they would not stand in Lambert’s way if they received an acceptable offer.
Liverpool remain in talks with Southampton over England midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 24.
They have also made an enquiry for Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno, 21, and said they are willing to pay as much as £16m for the player.
Saints have turned down one offer for Lallana and are resisting Liverpool’s attempts to rush a deal through, though the player was keen to resolve his future before flying out to Miami on Sunday.
Southampton remain in talks with Manchester United over the sale of left-back Luke Shaw, who is also in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
They are under no financial pressure to sell and are determined not to be forced into sanctioning deals by suitors keen to make signings before the World Cup.


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