Allardyce still hopeful of landing Southampton striker.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is still hopeful of being able to bring Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to Upton Park on loan next month, according to reports in Sports Direct News.
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The Hammers boss is a known admirer of the England international and has already made an official enquiry into the 31-year-old’s availability come the new year.
The Saints have not ruled out a potential loan deal for the Liverpool-born forward, though they did reject an initial advance from West Ham over the summer, who turned their attentions to Andy Carroll after seeing an £8m bid rejected.
Lambert has largely being playing second fiddle to summer signing Dani Osvaldo this season, but has still managed to clock up eight goals so far, though that has not stopped reports linking the club with another unnamed striker during the January transfer window, and therefore may consider allowing Lambert to exit the club on a short term basis.
A club source said: “Rickie has always been high on our list of preferred targets – we have to have better than we’ve got.
“But it’s about everything falling into place at the right time. If Saints get the striker they want, we have a decent chance on Lambert.
“We have about ten targets. Rickie is right up there. Another might well be Nicklas bendtner were Arsenal to make him available.”
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