Cardiff City have released Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle target Rickie Lambert by mutual consent as confirmed by the club website.

The former England international came to Cardiff as a big name signing last summer from West Bromwich Albion but unfortunately for both parties, it hasn’t worked out. Lambert has struggled for both fitness and form since moving to South Wales, with injuries stopping any momentum that he has been able to get for himself And instead of continuing with what is believed to be a big contract, both the player and club have decided that it is for the best that they part.

But while Lambert is now a free agent, it’s likely that he won’t be without a club for long as a couple of teams did express an interest in signing him before he was released. First it was Plymouth Argyle who were set to make an ambitious move to sign him and their chances of signing him have gone up since his release as it was matching his wages at Cardiff which would be their major issue. Then Blackburn Rovers joined the race as they looked to add some big name quality to their squad as they challenge for promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship at the first time of asking.

With Lambert no longer contracted to a club, both teams will be able to start contract negotiations with him in the next few days and we may see a deal being completed very soon.

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