clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tony Pulis Eager to Put Rickie "New Car" Lambert Transfer into Gear

New, comments

Sometimes football managers shouldn't use similes. This is one of those times.

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Some transfers are done on the down low, with no involved party — selling club, buying club, or player — making any kind of public statements about the possibility of a move. Sure, rumours of said transfer might leak profusely all over the latest headline news, but outright confirmation isn't exactly common.

Not so with Rickie Lambert and his potential move to West Bromwich Albion. It was reported last week that the player was very close to signing with the true Baggies, but the paperwork evidently hasn't come through yet. That hasn't stopped manager Tony Pulis from confirming publicly that young Rickie is top of his transfer list.

"Rickie is available. Liverpool have made that known," Pulis said. "We'd be interested. It's very important that we get players who will score goals, Rickie's got a great goalscoring record.

"From what I can gather from people at Liverpool his fitness levels are very very good, and he is desperate to play football. He didn't play last year so it's like bringing a brand new car out of the garage if we did sign him. Just putting a bit of petrol in it and letting it run."

Pulis' confusing definition of "new car" aside, a club where Lambert could stake a claim on a regular starting position would be a good movie for the striker. With Saida Berahino the subject of rumours linking him to other Premier League clubs, the gap at the top of the pitch for the Baggies could be just the ticket for Lambert to get the minutes he sorely lacked at Liverpool last season.