Alan Pardew has confirmed his interest in Rickie Lambert, but admits he isn’t optimistic about taking the striker from Liverpool.
Having left Newcastle United earlier this month to return to Crystal Palace, whom he served as a player, Pardew had a comfortable start when his new side eased past non-league Dover Athletic in the FA Cup last weekend. Of course his main aim is to keep the Eagles in the Premier League, and the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday was sure to provide a stern test.
And despite going a goal behind when Harry Kane opened the scoring for the visitors early in the second half, Palace struck back through a penalty from Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon’s second goal of the season to secure maximum points for the home side. This has lifted Pardew’s team to 15th in the standings, although they are just a point above the relegation zone.
Only six teams in the top-division have scored less than Palace’s return of 22 goals from 21 matches, and this is an issue Pardew hopes to address by adding to his attacking options whilst the transfer window is open. The 53-year-old has revealed his interest in adding Lambert to his squad, having signed the player from Bristol Rovers for £1million whilst in charge of Southampton in 2009.
The 32-year-old, who has 11 England caps to his name, is currently struggling to force his way into Liverpool’s plans, but although Pardew has spoken to the Anfield club, he admits: “I did have a conversation with Brendan [Rodgers], but I don’t think that Rickie is going anywhere. I think that Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position. I have no doubt that he can do that.”
Another target for Pardew is said to be Bafetimbi Gomis. However, with his team-mate Wilfried Bony on the verge of a £25million move to Manchester City, it is unlikely Swansea City would also want to lose another striker. One potential option could be 21-year-old Yaya Sanogo, who Arsenal are keen to loan to another Premier League side so he can gain more top-flight experience.
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