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Rickie Lambert will complete his £4m move to Liverpool FC today as the Reds' summer rebuild gets under way.
The Southampton striker has agreed a two-year contract at Anfield, and completed a medical on Merseyside on Saturday. The deal will be officially confirmed today, after all the paperwork is completed.
The 32-year-old Scouser becomes Brendan Rodgers' first signing of the summer, but he will certainly not be the last.
Rodgers is also targeting two of Lambert's Southampton teammates, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, as he looks to strengthen a squad which missed narrowly out on the Premier League title last season.
He also expects to discover this week whether his bid to sign midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen has been successful. Liverpool have indicated that they are ready to meet the 21-year-old's £10m buyout clause, but have so far been unable to agree personal terms with the German U21 international. It is understood a decision either way should be reached this week.
The Reds are also keen to tie up a deal for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno, having tabled a £16m offer for the 21-year-old last week.
Sevilla are yet to accept that offer, but the indications from the Spanish club are that a deal is not far away from being agreed, and that the player is keen on a move to Merseyside.
Moreno will not be at the World Cup this summer, having been cut from Spain's preliminary squad over the weekend, so there is no obstacle to a move in that regard.
There is no truth, meanwhile, in speculation linking the Reds with a move for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. Alexis Sanchez, another Barca star, has been watched, over the past 12 months, but the Chilean is not understood to be a realistic target at this stage.