Liverpool have agreed a fee of £4million with Southampton for the signing of England striker Rickie Lambert, with reports suggesting the forward could arrive at Anfield for a medical on Saturday.
The Reds have seen a bid excepted for the 32-year-old, and sources reckon personal terms have been agreed.
Kirkby born Lambert grew up a Liverpool fan, and was on the clubs books until the age of 15.
He has since gone on to play at every level of English football, for the likes of Blackpool, Macclesfield, Rochdale, Stockport, Bristol Rovers, and finally Southampton.
Southampton legend and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier tweeted: “If Rickie joins lfc I will say good luck to him and thanks for helping to resurrect #sfc it’s his boyhood team and in CL.#stillahero.”
Lambert scored 14 goals for the Saints last season to earn himself a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the summer’s World Cup.
Lambert is set to leave St Mary’s with a record of 117 goals in 235 appearances, goals which helped the Saints to two promotions.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush said on the signing:
“With the Champions League, I am sure they will be looking at every department to strengthen.
“What do you do if Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge gets injured?
“It also depends on who is available at what price. I am sure Brendan will be looking at every angle.
“Brendan will have his people in mind. They scored more than 100 goals and had a fantastic season but let a lot of goals in.
“Defensively, they have got to be looking to try and stop those goals going in. I am sure Brendan will be looking at a lot of set-pieces where they lost goals.
“I think, defensively, maybe they will be looking to strengthen and maybe in midfield, as well.
“When you look at the goals scored, more than 100 goals, you cannot fault them for much.”