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Liverpool hope to make Rickie Lambert their first summer signing after lodging a surprise £4m bid for the Southampton and England striker.
Lambert, 32, has emerged as Brendan Rodgers' third transfer target at Southampton - along with captain Adam Lallana and defender Dejan Lovren - with the Liverpool manager keen to inject different options into an attack behind Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge next season.
Anfield officials submitted an initial offer of £4m plus add-ons for the Liverpool-born forward on Thursday and aim to conclude the deal before Lambert departs for Miami as part of England's World Cup squad on Sunday.