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Saints player a 'step closer' to move to Merseyside

Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert Credit: PA Images

Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert appears a step closer to completing a move to Liverpool after undergoing a medical on Merseyside.

The Anfield club are understood to have agreed a £4 million deal for the 32-year-old, who was once on their books as an academy player.

Liverpool are thought to be keen to complete a deal before Lambert heads to England's pre-World Cup training camp in the United States on Sunday.

Lambert told Sky Sports News: "The medical went well but as you know I can't say anything."I'll speak properly about it, hopefully, very shortly.

"It's been a crazy football year to be honest, the way it's carrying on."

Lambert was asked if he had spoken to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard about the move while with him on England duty over the past week.

He said: "I've spoken to Stevie a while ago, but I'll speak properly on Monday."

News of Lambert's impending move to his boyhood club came as a surprise when it emerged on Thursday evening.

Lambert was released by Liverpool at the age of 15 in 1997 and was later shown the door by Blackpool after moving to the Lancashire club as a trainee.

He did eventually turn professional and played in the lower divisions with Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally flourishing at Southampton.

Having helped Saints to two promotions and then impressing in the Premier League, he admits he will leave St Mary's with a heavy heart.

He said: "There's lots of emotions as you can imagine so it's something I need to address and obviously I will address all parties when I get the chance."

Liverpool are also understood to have made an improved offer of £25 million for Lambert's Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana after having an initial £20 million bid rejected.

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Overnight wait for tickets to watch AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban scores from the penalty spot in a match earlier this month. Credit: PA Images

AFC Bournemouth fans have been queuing overnight to get tickets for their FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

With a limited number being sold at the stadium many of the supporters left empty handed. But for the lucky ones, they said the long wait had been worth it.

Bournemouth play Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on 25 January.