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Liverpool agree Lambert fee

Rickie Lambert is expected to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Saturday after an initial 4m fee was agreed with Southampton.

The Reds had a bid accepted for the 32-year-old and Sky Sports News understands personal terms have been agreed.

Lambert, who was born in Kirkby, was part of the youth team at Anfield before being released at 15 and is a lifelong Liverpool fan.

Southampton legend and Sky Sports expert 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."

The centre-forward, who is in England's squad for this summer's World Cup, scored 14 times last season for the Saints, who paid Bristol Rovers 1m for the player's services in August 2009.

Since then he has become an established Premier League striker and scored on his England debut, notching with his first touch in international football after coming on as a substitute against Scotland in August 2013.

A powerful and strong player, Lambert is also a free-kick specialist and has an exceptional penalty record, having scored his past 34 spot-kicks and having never missed for Southampton.

He has played in all four divisions of the Football League and his story is one of resilience, having endured limited success at Blackpool and Macclesfield Town before improving considerably at Rochdale and Rovers.

Lambert's career took off at the Saints, for whom he scored 117 goals in 235 appearances and won two promotions, producing the kind of form that brought him international football and interest from Champions League club Liverpool.

The Reds could unveil Lambert as early as Monday.