Report: Tottenham prepare surprise move for out-of-favour Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

Tottenham have been linked with a swoop for Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert, who had been touted for a move to West Brom.

According to The Times, Mauricio Pochettino could be reunited with Rickie Lambert after the Tottenham Hotspur head coach showed interest in signing his former striker, who finds himself out-of-favour at current club Liverpool. 

Lambert scored 19 goals and earned his first England cap while playing under Pochettino for nearly 18 months at Southampton, but his £4 million move to Liverpool last season proved unfruitful.

The 33-year-old 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.

Nonetheless, latest reports from the Times suggest that Tottenham are looking for two new strikers and consider that Lambert could be a back-up for Harry Kane.

This could see the Lilywhites hi-jack the player's reported move to West Bromwich Albion, with the Daily Star suggesting that the former Bristol Rovers striker is less that 72 hours away from completing a switch to the Hawthorns. 

Would Rickie Lambert be a good signing for Spurs?

Taken at face value, a number of Lilywhites supporters may turn their nose up at this speculation. However, it suggests a deal that would actually make a lot of sense. 

Tottenham are short of strikers. With Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly set for a loan move to Aston Villa, as per the Mirror, and Roberto Soldado unable to hit a barn door, the club are seriously lacking in the forward department. 

While Lambert is by no means a complete solution to the club's deficiencies in attack, he would be a very useful addition. 

He has previous experience playing under Pochettino and is therefore familiar with the Argentine manager's tactics and style of management.

Accustomed to a lone striker role from his earlier days at St. Mary's, he suits the philosophy and the system to good effect. Furthermore, he would add valuable experience to a very youthful side. 

Daniel Levy may be unwilling to spend money on the striker at 33 years of age, but for a sensible fee he could prove a very good signing. 

This is not to say Spurs fans should be content if Lambert is the club's only attacking arrival this summer. Indeed, the acquisition of a more prolific, ideally more youthful, player remains a necessity. 

Should the Lilywhite's sign West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino, as has been reported by the Telegraph, and Liverpool's Rickie Lambert, the White Hart Lane faithful can consider the current transfer window an overwhelming success. 

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