Liverpool transfer news, striker offered two-year deal, club may walk away from midfielder deal

Rickie Lambert

A selection of the latest transfer news involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

The big news is from yesterday evening as it came about that Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is on the brink of securing a move back to his boyhood club Liverpool.

There are a couple of suggestions that Southampton may have rejected an initial bid for the 32-year-old, but the Liverpool want him to have a medical at the club before he heads to the World Cup, with Saturday said to be pencilled in.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds will offer Lambert a two-year contract at Anfield having offered a fee of £4m plus add-ons.

The report also says that the move is likely to accelerate the departure of Iago Aspas who has had a disappointing season at Anfield since his move from Celta Vigo.

There are also indications that Liverpool could walk away from the deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can over personal terms, but the club have said they are prepared to meet the £10m release clause.

Former Reds striker Ian Rush expects it to be a summer transfer window at Liverpool.

The club’s record goalscorer told Sky Sports that he expects Brendan Rodgers to strengthen all areas of the squad, but reckons defence will be a priority.

Rush said: “Brendan will have his people in mind. They scored more than 100 goals and had a fantastic season but let a lot of goals in.

“Defensively, they have got to be looking to try and stop those goals going in. I am sure Brendan will be looking at a lot of set-pieces where they lost goals.”

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