According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City have expressed an interest in signing Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert. The 33-year-old is apparently deemed surplus to requirements following the summer arrival of Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, with Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion also keen on his services.
Tony Pulis' West Brom had been considered by the Telegraph to be the favourites to sign the England international for around £3.5 million. However, newly-appointed Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri is also keen to bolster the his attacking options as he is keen to avoid a relegation scare similar to last season.
The report suggests that Liverpool are hoping to recoup all of the £4.5 million they paid to sign the England international from Southampton last summer, after he managed just three goals in 36 games in all competitions for the Reds.
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Ranieri seemingly believes Lambert’s proven record as a striker during his time with Southampton makes him a worthwhile signing, which is understandable.
Indeed, during the 2013/14 campaign, the Englishman made 37 appearances for the Saints, netting an impressive 13 goals - finishing the season as the club's second highest goalscorer, behind Jay Rodriguez. He also fashioned the club's third-most chances (53).
His fortunes at Liverpool have proven rather different.
He managed two goals in 25 league games for the Reds, while fashioning a mere nine key passes, including two assists. He has suffered from a significant lack of game time under Brendan Rodgers and this has been reflected in his performances.
A player who is evidently capable at the highest level, for his experience alone, Lambert would be an astute signing for Ranieri's side. However, considering his age and current status at Anfield, the club's fans may question the reported price-tag.