West Brom's Rickie Lambert could be the ideal signing for Forest this summer

Rickie Lambert

West Bromwich Albion’s Rickie Lambert could drop back down to the Championship.

According to a recent report in the Birmingham Mail, West Bromwich Albion striker Rickie Lambert could leave the club this summer for free despite his contract expiring in the summer of 2017.

The former Southampton man joined the Baggies from Liverpool last summer on a two-year deal, yet he has managed just one Premier League appearance all season and is seemingly out of favour.

West Brom have a number of forwards who are preferred up front, while Lambert’s declining influence and lack of first-team action has seen him become an almost forgotten figure at the Hawthorns.

If reports are true and West Brom are happy to see him leave this summer, he could become a potential short-term bargain option for a number of Championship clubs seeking promotion.

There is no doubt the 34-year-old still has ability, though it would come as a surprise to see any Premier League clubs come in form him owing to his age and need for regular action.

There could be a host of clubs which would be ideal for Lambert at Championship level, and none no more so than Nottingham Forest following their recent exit from their imposed transfer ban.

Forest have endured a tough couple of years at the City Ground, but this summer offers a fresh start and the chance to make some much-needed changes as the club seeks a return to the top-flight.

The Tricky Trees have had to rely on loanees to get by this season, and voids will need to be filled especially in the final third with Ryan Mendes, Federicho Macheda and Nelson Oliviera set to depart.

Lambert would be an ideal short-term option for Forest, and a player of his experience and stature would be perfect alongside the pacey Britt Assombalonga who is coming back from injury.

If the 11-capped England international is available on a free, he could provide the perfect foil for the likes of Henri Lansbury to do his damage in the final third and help Forest challenge at the top of the table.

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