In-form striker handed new Saints deal.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert’s great season just got even better as the club have moved to tie him down for two more years, the Mirror reports.
Lambert, the highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League, has enjoyed a personally successful season with the Saints as he has so far bagged 13 goals in his first ever season in the top flight.
The striker’s original deal ran until next summer, but the club have pounced to keep him at St Mary’s until 2016.
The 31-year-old has joined the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon, Luke Shaw and Kelvin Davis, who have all secured new deals on the south coast this season.
Lambert had spoken of his desire to stay at Southampton and finish his career there, but Sam Allardyce’s West Ham were rumoured to be considering a summer bid to temp his resolve in their search for a new striker.
“There is a lot of ambition at this club and that was one of the main reasons why I have signed a new contract – I want to finish my career here,” the striker said.
There have been calls for him to be included in one of Roy Hodgson’s England squads but they have so far fallen of deaf ears, but if he continues to score at the rate he has been, then the England boss can’t ignore them forever.