Rumour: Wilfried Bony’s £20m price tag triggered Liverpool’s pursuit of Rickie Lambert
According to Goal, Liverpool’s pursuit of Rickie Lambert has only arisen because they couldn’t secure the services of Swansea forward Wilfried Bony.
The Merseysider’s enquired over the Ivorian’s availability but were deterred by Swansea’s £20 milllion asking price. As a result, The Reds opted to make a move for the more affordable Lambert.
Liverpool’s pursuance of the 32-year-old caught everyone by surprise yet it appears that a deal could be finalised in the coming days, with Lambert reportedly scheduled in for a medical on Sunday.
The lifelong Liverpool fan’s rise to prominence has been the stuff of fairy tales, considering that he was playing League Two football for Rochdale on the eve of his 23rd birthday.
Rodgers will be hoping to push the deal thorough well before the Three Lions’ World Cup campaign commences on June 14, leaving enough time to negotiate a deal for another of Southampton’s star players Adam Lallana.
The 26-year-old has been subject to growing speculation in the past week, with reports that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to entice the talented forward to White Hart Lane.