Official: Liverpool sign Rickie Lambert from Southampton

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Liverpool have confirmed
the signing of England
international Rickie Lambert
from Southampton for an
undisclosed fee.
As reported by Goal on Thursday, the Anfield outfit
made a shock move for the 32-year-old forward as
they looked to supplement their first-choice
attacking line of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge
with proven Premier League quality.
The initial deal for Lambert is around £4.5 million
but could rise to as much as £9m and Southampton,
though reluctant to lose their star striker, did not
wish to stand in the way of their captain’s dream
move back to Merseyside.
The surprising transfer was prompted after Liverpool
baulked at Swansea City’s £20m pricetag for Wilfried
Bony , and Lambert could yet be joined by Saints
team-mate Adam Lallana, the subject of a ‘take it or
leave it’ final offer of £25m from the Reds.
Lambert was released by Liverpool as a 15-year-old
back in 1997, but has since risen up from the fourth
tier of English football to seal a fairy-tale return to
his boyhood club, who will be playing Champions
League football once again next season.
“I can’t believe it,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’ve loved this club all my life. I left here 17 years
ago – and I haven’t stopped loving it since.
“I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I
did kind of think the chance of playing for them had
gone. I didn’t think the chance would come.
“I know how big Liverpool are – and it means
everything to me – but I know what is important; I
know it’s what I do on the pitch and the minutes I
play. I know that’s what matters, and that’s what I’ll
be focused on.”
The transfer represents a significant profit on the
£1m the Saints paid to Bristol Rovers to sign
Lambert in 2009, a fee he quickly repaid by guiding
the south coast club back to the Premier League.
Lambert: “I can’t believe it. I’ve loved this club
all my life. To be back here now is hard to

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