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Liverpool Line Up Gignac as Lambert Replacement

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If Rickie Lambert agrees to a loan move to Hull City, Liverpool are rumoured to be working to line up Marseille’s on form Andre-Pierre Gignac as a replacement.

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With news Hull City are making one last push to sign Rickie Lambert on loan for the remainder of the season come rumours Liverpool are busy lining up a potential replacement for the striker in Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac. If there turns out to be any truth to it, it would be good news for Liverpool fans who have been waiting since last summer for the club to bring in a true backup for Daniel Sturridge.

Gignac is 29 years of age and his contract expires in the summer, meaning he could be available for a relatively low fee. Low wouldn’t be the same as insignificant, though, as Marseille will still need to be convinced to sell a player who has scored an impressive 16 goals for them in 24 games, with a goal every 145 minutes and a 17% strike rate. With that return, anything less than around €10M and Marseille are likely to keep him until summer.

As for the player, Gignac isn’t the fastest or most mobile striker on the planet, but neither is he a statuesque target, and if he arrived he would instantly take up the role of Liverpool’s second striker. His arrival could also see the club drop their interest in making a deal with Burnley to sign Danny Ings in the summer, as his arrival today and Divock Origi’s down the road would likely sort out Liverpool’s depth chart for next season.