Rickie Lambert has continuously been linked with a move to West Ham United, but Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has gone on record to state that he does not understand why rumours about Lambert's future exist.
Speaking on Thursday, Pochettino said that Lambert was happy at Southampton, and he had no immediate concerns about losing the talismanic front-man.
“I’ve been here for a year and Rickie has been linked with a move many times," Pochettino said.
"I am relaxed about that situation. Rickie is very happy here.”
The Argentine continued, stating that there had been no bids for Rickie Lambert, and that he does not understand why rumours about Lambert's future with the south coast club continue to exist.
Reports in the Daily Mirror had suggested that Southampton had labelled Lambert with an £8m price-tag, with West Ham prepared to not only meet the club's demands, but to offer Lambert an eye-watering £65k per week in wages.
It appears that West Ham are instead targeting Inter Milan forward Ishak Belfodil, who is in advanced talks with the Premier League club about a loan move. Andy Carroll's return appears to be on the horizon, with Irons boss Sam Allardyce revealing that the England striker will return to the first team within two weeks.
Lambert's immediate status is of more of a concern to Pochettino, who told the gathered media on Thursday that Lambert had picked up a hip injury in the club's 4-3 victory against Burnley in the Capital One Cup last weekend.
Lambert faces fitness assessments before Pochettino decides whether the former Bristol Rovers man will be in contention for this weekend's home tie with West Bromwich Albion.
Southampton will be keen to have Lambert available, with Dani Osvaldo serving the second match of a three match suspension.
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