Crystal Palace are set to back new manager Alan Pardew in the transfer market by making a move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, as reported by The Guardian.
Pardew moved to Palace from Newcastle United last week, and the former Charlton and West Ham boss has reportedly identified his side’s forward options as particularly weak.
The duo have worked together before, with Pardew bringing Lambert to Southampton while in charge there during 2009. He signed him from Bristol Rovers, beginning Lambert’s rise through the leagues.
Liverpool are not thought to be particularly keen to sell Lambert during January, and there are no guarantees that the England international will want to move – Liverpool are the team that he has supported all of his life.
However, he has made only 10 starts since the start of the season, and has scored only twice, against Palace in the Premier League and Ludogorets in the Champions League.
It remains to be seen whether Pardew will push for the transfer.