Liverpool summer flop set for Premier League lifeline

West Brom are closing in a deal for Liverpool flop Rickie Lambert, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Merseyside-born forward only joined the Reds from Southampton in a deal worth around £4m over the summer, but his so-called dream return to the club he played for as a youngster has been a nightmare so far.

Lambert’s reputation as a reliable Premier League marksman has all but eroded thanks to a tricky six months at Anfield, in which time he registered just two goals, while appearing off the pace in Brendan Rodgers’ XI.

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And with the Northern Irishman said to be looking at other striker options this month, West Brom are keen on a deal.

New Baggies chief Tony Pulis is desperate to add to his frontline as he plots to keep the club clear of relegation, and is attracted to the 32-year-old’s proven record.

It’s not yet clear as to whether the Midlanders will push for a loan move or a permanent transfer, but Daniel Sturridge’s return is set to push Lambert further down the pecking order.