With Liverpool on the verge of completing a deal for Aston Villa target man Christian Benteke, the Anfield end appears nigh for resident Reds ‘big fella’ Rickie Lambert.
A stellar career in the lower leagues and two goal-filled campaigns for Southampton convinced Brendan Rodgers to make a move for the Merseyside-native last summer, prying him out of St Mary’s for £4m.
Many suspected Lambert’s lack of mobility would see him struggle at Liverpool and his return of two Premier League strikes and a paltry seven starts vindicates the doubters’ initial stance.
Among the late subscribers to the belief, it would seem, was boss Rodgers, who agreed to sell the striker to Aston Villa during the January transfer window, just seven months after signing him.
It’s almost certain the Ulsterman will be open to offers this summer and there’s a case to argue why just about every mid-ranging Premier League club and below should be on the phone.
Having scored regularly across two top-tier campaigns with Southampton, any team looking to bolster their attacking ranks can’t go far wrong lumping on Lambert, here’s who’s in the greatest need.
Starting with the obvious, the Villans are a striker light with Benteke packing his bags and harbour a long-standing interest in the Liverpool man from last season.
However, with the Reds squeezed for every penny when trying to buy the Belgium ace, it’s unlikely they’ll be willing to offer the Midlands outfit a buyer-friendly price.
The Eagles have pulled off one of the blockbuster buys of the summer in luring French playmaker Yohan Cabaye to Selhurst Park.
He’ll be inducted into what is sure to be a fierce chance-conjuring machine next season, alongside explosive wide men Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha.
In Glenn Murray, Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Frazier Campbell, they lack a finisher of Lambert’s calibre, but that problem could be solved at a small price.
Judging from the Baggies’ courting of every quick Championship winger in existence, they have designs on building a team along the same model as Palace.
With none of said second-tier teams willing to sell to West Brom thus far, they could build Eagles 2.0 in reverse, starting with the proven goalscorer and work backwards.