Premier League - England forward Lambert set for medical at Liverpool

Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert is set to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Saturday as he prepares to finalise his £4 million dream move to Anfield.

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Rickie Lambert has come a long way since being released by Blackpool in 2000

A figure of £4million plus add-ons is the anticipated fee that both clubs have agreed.

A similar bid from West Ham for the 32-year-old was rejected in January, but Lambert is believed to be keen on a move to Liverpool, where he spent five years as a youth player before being released.

The former Bristol Rovers, Stockport and Rochdale forward scored 14 goals in 39 games for Saints last season.

If everything goes to plan Lambert will travel to Merseyside after England's friendly with Peru at Wembley on Friday night and could be confirmed a Liverpool player as early as Monday.

It is reported that personal terms have already been agreed between Lambert and his prospective new employers.

Manager Brendan Rodgers' interest in Lambert came out of left-field while he was pursuing deals for the striker's Saints team-mates Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

Lallana was seen as the primary target to bolster the Reds' midfield, with Lovren less so for the centre of defence, but Lambert looks like being the first through the door at Anfield in what is expected to be a busy summer as they look to strengthen ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Liverpool have made a bid, reported to be in the region of B£16million, for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno but are still in negotiations with the Europa League winners.

Press Association Sport understands further talks with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can over the weekend are likely to give a clearer idea of whether the Germany Under-21 international will also move to Merseyside.

Although there is a buy-out clause of about B£10million which Liverpool are willing to meet, the player's wage demands are proving a significant stumbling block.

However, what interest the club had in Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to provide competition for Simon Mignolet has cooled and they are no longer considering the Dutchman as a viable target.

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