Leeds must sign Rickie Lambert in Taylor deal, could outscore McCormack

West Brom's Rickie Lambert

Why Leeds must push to sign Rickie Lambert from West Bromwich Albion.

Charlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeedsCharlie Taylor celebrates after scoring the first goal for Leeds

Leeds United are currently resisting advances from West Bromwich Albion to sign left-back Charlie Taylor, issuing a statement on their website yesterday insisting he is not for sale.

Taylor has just one year left on his contract at Leeds, and at the right price they may still have to consider a deal.

One off which could be too good to refuse would be a deal to sign one of West Brom's players in exchange, particularly striker Rickie Lambert.

Rickie Lambert for EnglandRickie Lambert for England

Lambert signed for the Baggies last summer after a disappointing spell at Liverpool, but found himself unable to displace fellow new boy Salomon Rondon.

A change of club could be Lambert's best option, after starting only five matches for Tony Pulis' side last season, with a drop down to the Championship just what he needs.

Lambert may be 34, but he has goals in him, and just two seasons ago he earned a spot in England's World Cup 2014 squad, after 27 goals combined in the Premier League across two seasons for Southampton, with Liverpool convinced to sign him.

He is proven in the Championship, scoring 27 goals in 42 games in 2012/13 to fire Southampton to promotion, and could be the veteran presence Leeds need in attack, also a real danger from set pieces.

West Brom's Rickie Lambert shoots at goal as Norwich's Ryan Bennett looks onWest Brom's Rickie Lambert shoots at goal as Norwich's Ryan Bennett looks on

Up front they have Chris Wood, 24, Marcus Antonsson, 25, and Kemar Roofe, 23, but lack an experienced striker with the nous to unlock tough defences and offer composure to the rest of the side - and his age can be to his advantage.

Lambert has the potential if on form to outscore former Leeds ace Ross McCormack, who is on the verge of a move to Aston Villa.

Taylor would be a loss to Leeds, but he is replaceable, with Walsall talent Rico Henry one strong option. If they could pull off that change and bring in Lambert then they may just have enough attacking talent to fire them into the play-offs.

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