West Brom's Rickie Lambert would be a great signing for Newcastle
With the news breaking today that Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has left St James' Park to join Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng (the Daily Mail), Rafa Benitez will have a gap in the attacking department that needs filling.
Throughout the Spaniard's history in management he has always liked to play with a target man as the focal point of his attack. From John Carew at Valencia to Peter Crouch at Liverpool, the Newcastle boss has always built his sides around a powerful forward, capable of holding up the ball and linking play between midfield and attack.
Lambert's future at West from is unclear
Rickie Lambert is the ideal candidate to fill the void left by Cisse's departure. His future at West Brom is far from certain after he told Sky Sports he could leave in the search of regular first-team football, and the Magpies should seriously consider making a move for the former Southampton and Liverpool hitman.
He has just one year left on his contract at the Hawthorns, and at the age of 34, he will be looking for one more lucrative contract to see out his career. The St James' Park faithful love an old-fashioned number 9 who gives his all for the cause, and Lambert could become a hero amongst the Toon Army, should a move come to fruition.
Rickie Lambert made 11 appearances for England
The Baggies striker would bring a wealth of experience to the club, and has the physique and nouse needed to be successful in the Championship.
Since his move to Southampton in August 2009, Lambert has scored 109 League goals in 251 outings. He is also fantastic at bringing others into play, with his game not being based solely on scoring goals.
He would be the perfect partner for Dwight Gayle, and would undoubtedly bring out the best in Newcastle's new signing, should a move to the North East actually materialise.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has always liked playing with a target man as the focal point of his attack