Report: Liverpool rebuff interest in Lambert - bad news for a host of clubs

West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Hull City were all thought to be interested in Rickie Lambert but it looks as if he is staying put.

Reports on The Daily Mail site suggest that Brendan Rodgers will not be allowing Rickie Lambert to leave Liverpool permanently or even temporarily. With the Reds still involved in three competitions this season, he is hoping the experienced striker can play a part in the remainder of the campaign.

Daniel Sturrdige returned to action at the weekend and scored within 12 minutes, giving Liverpool a boost. Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini have failed to make an impact in his absence and as such Raheem Sterling has been used down the middle. However, with a backlog of potential fixtures lined up over the next few months, Rodgers understands he will need depth in his squad.

Lambert still provides a valuable option, and the interest from numerous clubs proves that. West Brom, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Hull City are all struggling for goals in a relegation fight. Lambert would be an ideal signing, and despite not being prolific this season, his pedigree is well known at this level due to his success at Southampton.

Lambert won't be in a rush to leave as he will be enjoying life at his boyhood club, despite not getting as much game time as he would want. He has made 10 starts this season and while his England chances may have been extinguished due to the emergence of Harry Kane, Charlie Austin and Danny Ings, he is still living the dream at Anfield.

The interested clubs will now have to turn their attention elsewhere with West Brom thought to be interested in Carlton Cole, according to Sky Sports, and the BBC reporting that Hull are close to a deal for Dame N'Doye.

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