Blackburn Rovers have been linked with a move for Cardiff City and former England striker Rickie Lambert, according to Wales Online.
Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has been very active in the transfer market so far this summer, having already signed four midfielders for the club. Another position where Blackburn need to strengthen greatly is in attack, with only Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes able to play there. Mowbray recently suggested that he was about to step up Rovers’ search for a striker, and the club have now been linked with Lambert.
Lambert, 35, was signed by Cardiff last summer from Premier League side West Brom but didn’t quite have the impact that the club would have been hoping for. The striker spent much of the season on the bench or struggling with injury and scored four goals in 18 Championship appearances. Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has now revealed that Lambert is free to leave the club this summer.
Blackburn will be competing in League One next season, a league that Lambert is very familiar with. The striker has a very good record when playing in the third tier, having scored 99 goals and got 29 assists in 211 games.
However, Blackburn will face competition if they make an offer to sign Lambert. League One rivals Plymouth Argyle are also interested and may have the upper hand. Cardiff and Plymouth have a steady working relationship and the clubs are set to meet in a pre-season friendly later this month.
Lambert’s wages may prove to be the biggest problem with any deal, with the striker having a year left to run on his contract with Cardiff.