West Brom to bid £3m for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert
Published 20/07/2015 | 10:15
Tony Pulis will make a £3million bid for Rickie Lambert this week as he steps up his search for signings at West Bromwich Albion.
Pulis has prioritised a move for the Liverpool striker and will table a firm offer when he returns from the club's pre-season tour of the United States on Tuesday.
Lambert has been told he can leave Anfield barely 12 months after his £4million move from Southampton and will be offered the chance to resurrect his career at the Hawthorns.
Pulis is growing frustrated with the lack of signings and spoke with chairman Jeremy Peace in a 90-minute conference call on Sunday, in a bid to start making some headway on targets.
The only summer arrival so far has been the £1million capture of James McClean from Wigan Athletic and Pulis is keen to make at least one signing before the weekend.
Lambert, 33, has now emerged as one of West Brom's leading targets and a bid is expected in the next few days.
Albion believe £3million will be enough to land the England international, who was sent to an Adelaide hospital over the weekend after suffering an injury in training.
Albion remain confident of striking a deal with Nottingham Forest for winger Michail Antonio, despite having a £5million offer rejected last week.
Pulis has turned to Antonio after being quoted £10million for QPR's Matty Phillips and is hopeful of progress this week in his attempt to sign the former Sheffield Wednesday wideman.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Anthony Le Tallec has opted to continue his career in Greece, agreeing a two-year deal with Atromitos, the club announced on Sunday.
The 30-year-old former France under-21 international was latterly playing in the French second tier with Valenciennes.
Now he has agreed to move to the club from the Athens suburbs after being tempted by the prospect of playing in this season's Europa League.