Lambert links with West Ham go on

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WHENEVER he has been asked about his long-term future, Rickie Lambert has always stated his desire to end his playing career at Southampton.

That may yet happen, but speculation linking him with a move to West Ham this month is not going away.

Time will tell if it is merely agent talk, but, in an open letter supporting manager Sam Allardyce in the wake of West Ham’s 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, the club’s owners have fuelled the Lambert rumours by revealing: “January is not an easy time to do business but we are pleased to confirm we are close to securing one of our key striking targets.”

Lambert would be the perfect fit for Allardyce’s relegation-threatened team.

A skilful, goalscoring target man, he could do for West Ham what Kevin Davies did for a decade at Bolton Wanderers, after Big Sam signed him from Saints.

And, crucially, the regular first-team football that Lambert would get in the absence of the injured Andy Carroll, would give him a better chance of scoring the goals he needs to make England’s World Cup squad. But selling Lambert now is the sort of dilemma likely to polarise opinion amongst the Saints support. The pragmatists in favour will point to the fact that Lambert is 32 next month and the sort of player who needs to be playing week in, week out to be at peak fitness.

While the hip injury that forced him off after 35 minutes of the win against Burnley is not thought to be serious, it was a reminder that he is not getting any younger.

So, with Lambert under contract till 2016, Saints may be tempted to cash in now, rather than see his value depreciate.

A replacement would be needed, but with Jay Rodriguez capable of playing as an out-and-out striker and Sam Gallagher pushing for a place, Saints already have options in the absence of the suspended Dani Osvaldo. If Saints decide to sell their much-loved No. 7, they will surely wait until Osvaldo serves the rest of his three-match ban, against West Brom and Sunderland, in the next 11 days.

But, while there is no room for sentiment in football, and Lambert has not hit the heights of last season, he has three goals in his last four starts.

The romantics amongst the Saints support will be distraught if Lambert goes this month.

Players care little for statistics but Lambert still needs one league goal to join a seven-man pantheon with 100 or more, including the likes of Mick Channon, Matt Le Tissier and Terry Paine, which would cement his place as a club legend.

So would winning the FA Cup, which Lambert dreams of doing with the club he has scored 110 goals for in all competitions since his arrival in August 2009.

After being given another home tie against lower-league opposition in the fourth round, Saints have an excellent chance of going all the way and having some silverware to show for the progress made over the last five years, other than the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Winning the FA Cup would breed more confidence, help attract more players this summer and see the current team confirm this as an exciting new era by emulating the achievements of 1976. It would also provide Lambert with the opportunity to go out on a high or the chance to fulfil another dream – playing European football.

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6:55am Tue 7 Jan 14

willygetaway says...

I want, what ever our Rickie wants COYR
I want, what ever our Rickie wants COYR willygetaway

6:59am Tue 7 Jan 14

WECOMING4U says...

The man is a complete Southampton FC hero in my books. I can understand him securing one last move to financially secure his future for life. Remember he was packing beet root not long ago? He has played a massive part in the rebuilding of SFC. Good luck SRL.
The man is a complete Southampton FC hero in my books. I can understand him securing one last move to financially secure his future for life. Remember he was packing beet root not long ago? He has played a massive part in the rebuilding of SFC. Good luck SRL. WECOMING4U

7:41am Tue 7 Jan 14

jungliztik says...

He's also one of our best defensive players being able to hold the ball and creating space for the other team members. His awareness and attitude ate second to none making him a fantastic all round player. I doubt very much that he will go to West Ham simply because of how much he is revered by the St Marys faithful and a fantastic team of committed players, supporting each other.
He's also one of our best defensive players being able to hold the ball and creating space for the other team members. His awareness and attitude ate second to none making him a fantastic all round player. I doubt very much that he will go to West Ham simply because of how much he is revered by the St Marys faithful and a fantastic team of committed players, supporting each other. jungliztik

7:46am Tue 7 Jan 14

rpjcheney says...

If he wants to go to help with Brazil, then I would not have the heart to stand in his way. But I, like most, would love for him to stay and finish his career with Saints.

Put me in the camp with the romantics rather than the pragmatists.
If he wants to go to help with Brazil, then I would not have the heart to stand in his way. But I, like most, would love for him to stay and finish his career with Saints. Put me in the camp with the romantics rather than the pragmatists. rpjcheney

7:51am Tue 7 Jan 14

Golden_Salamander says...

If Adam Blackmore (Radio Solent) is correct they have ONLY offered £2m, which is a COMPLETE JOKE.
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From what I remember that is about equal to ONE position in the final table for merit payments, and I believe Saints would drop more than that IF they sold him.

IMO we will not break into the top 6 this season, but it is important that we finish as high as possible in that it will make things easier to get in players of CL standard for future push. If we sell we will probably drop back to last seasons position (say 14th) which will mean we will have to pay a lot more than £2m to attract CL standard players and also increase the risk that our "super-kids" will want to leave in the summer.

So keeping Rickie is more important than just his goals.
If Adam Blackmore (Radio Solent) is correct they have ONLY offered £2m, which is a COMPLETE JOKE. . From what I remember that is about equal to ONE position in the final table for merit payments, and I believe Saints would drop more than that IF they sold him. IMO we will not break into the top 6 this season, but it is important that we finish as high as possible in that it will make things easier to get in players of CL standard for future push. If we sell we will probably drop back to last seasons position (say 14th) which will mean we will have to pay a lot more than £2m to attract CL standard players and also increase the risk that our "super-kids" will want to leave in the summer. So keeping Rickie is more important than just his goals. Golden_Salamander

8:01am Tue 7 Jan 14

W Wallace says...

If West Ham were to stump up £5 Million do you think the board would let him go? Salary, if it is true he would double his salary overnight (Not sure about paper talk)
He is in the twilight of his career, the money on offer may be to good to refuse, the money being offered may be to good to refuse.
If I was the club, if the right offer came in, I would be sorely tempted to accept it.
As for Lambert it is WC year, Walcott is out there is a space up for grabs and Brazil, WC every young mans dream surely.
If West Ham were to stump up £5 Million do you think the board would let him go? Salary, if it is true he would double his salary overnight (Not sure about paper talk) He is in the twilight of his career, the money on offer may be to good to refuse, the money being offered may be to good to refuse. If I was the club, if the right offer came in, I would be sorely tempted to accept it. As for Lambert it is WC year, Walcott is out there is a space up for grabs and Brazil, WC every young mans dream surely. W Wallace

8:10am Tue 7 Jan 14

Sally Hamilton Original says...

I love RL, but West Ham are stupid with what they play for players, so if we got £8m plus, I would be tempted due to his age and it would help him on the pay front... There is no question in my opinion however that if he goes he MUST be replaced by a quality striker, it's as simple as that. I have heard rumours 2 players have been "signed off" to buy, but also that we won't sell RL until we have a replacement
I love RL, but West Ham are stupid with what they play for players, so if we got £8m plus, I would be tempted due to his age and it would help him on the pay front... There is no question in my opinion however that if he goes he MUST be replaced by a quality striker, it's as simple as that. I have heard rumours 2 players have been "signed off" to buy, but also that we won't sell RL until we have a replacement Sally Hamilton Original

8:14am Tue 7 Jan 14

Ozmosis says...

RL would be a fool to go to a relegation threatened club if he wants to go to the World Cup. He's still got the skill to play Prem football so why would he want to move? More money? I don't see that being in his mindset.
RL would be a fool to go to a relegation threatened club if he wants to go to the World Cup. He's still got the skill to play Prem football so why would he want to move? More money? I don't see that being in his mindset. Ozmosis

8:36am Tue 7 Jan 14

elvisimo says...

He will get the pay day but massive risk of championship football next season.
He will get the pay day but massive risk of championship football next season. elvisimo

8:43am Tue 7 Jan 14

costa gaz says...

There is no sentiment in football these days and Cortese will do what he thinks is right for the club, at the end of the day it will be down to Rickie, but the club will set their price and will put pressure on W Ham to pay top dollar.

He will do ok at WHU and with him they will be more than good enough to avoid relegation.

Good luck to him, whatever happens he has been immense in his time at St Mary's.
There is no sentiment in football these days and Cortese will do what he thinks is right for the club, at the end of the day it will be down to Rickie, but the club will set their price and will put pressure on W Ham to pay top dollar. He will do ok at WHU and with him they will be more than good enough to avoid relegation. Good luck to him, whatever happens he has been immense in his time at St Mary's. costa gaz

9:05am Tue 7 Jan 14

mbetts says...

Hope Rickie stays we're a much better bet than the Spammers but if he sees his future at St Mary's as short term he might be tempted to take the money and run, nobody knows the internal politics at the club, just be a shame to see his talents go to waste at those long ball donkeys!
Hope Rickie stays we're a much better bet than the Spammers but if he sees his future at St Mary's as short term he might be tempted to take the money and run, nobody knows the internal politics at the club, just be a shame to see his talents go to waste at those long ball donkeys! mbetts

9:23am Tue 7 Jan 14

Dave Juson says...

Hang on: who is speculating? There is no mention of this in the article. We could be talking about a bunch of primary school pupils. And what is this speculation based on? Has anybody connected with Saints or West Ham United made a statement on or off the record? We are entitled to know what this story is based on.
By-the-by, I’m impressed to learn that somebody at the Echo understands the word “pantheon”, but I notice than there is no by-line, so it’s probably a Press Association story.
Hang on: who is speculating? There is no mention of this in the article. We could be talking about a bunch of primary school pupils. And what is this speculation based on? Has anybody connected with Saints or West Ham United made a statement on or off the record? We are entitled to know what this story is based on. By-the-by, I’m impressed to learn that somebody at the Echo understands the word “pantheon”, but I notice than there is no by-line, so it’s probably a Press Association story. Dave Juson

9:26am Tue 7 Jan 14

warrens 76 says...

In the pantheon of SFC signings he is in the top three so emotionally after what he has done here letting him go would hurt more than the normal comings and goings….SRL feels to us as one of us viz a viz Henry at Arsenal..

Our recent signings are good or awful Clyne, Lovren, Boruc and edging in Jay Rod…Wanyama almost there…but the BIG money has proved poor value…Gaston, Osvaldo and WTF was Forren…

In simplest terms if MoPo or NC decide to let him go it cannot indeed must not be until we have secured a proven (this time) champions league or Bundesliga etc high scorer/supplier….i
t will not be easy to fill Rickie's boots that is for sure.
In the pantheon of SFC signings he is in the top three so emotionally after what he has done here letting him go would hurt more than the normal comings and goings….SRL feels to us as one of us viz a viz Henry at Arsenal.. Our recent signings are good or awful Clyne, Lovren, Boruc and edging in Jay Rod…Wanyama almost there…but the BIG money has proved poor value…Gaston, Osvaldo and WTF was Forren… In simplest terms if MoPo or NC decide to let him go it cannot indeed must not be until we have secured a proven (this time) champions league or Bundesliga etc high scorer/supplier….i t will not be easy to fill Rickie's boots that is for sure. warrens 76

9:26am Tue 7 Jan 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

Wet Spam are a desperate club.

In the London Evening Standard WET SPAM are pursuing their interest in the 6ft 8 in tall Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore.

Even out of nothing RICKIE conjures up a goal at Cardiff Away and in the FA CUP.

Let's get behind SRL to driv e him on to more goals for the SUPER SAINTS.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON.
Wet Spam are a desperate club. In the London Evening Standard WET SPAM are pursuing their interest in the 6ft 8 in tall Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore. Even out of nothing RICKIE conjures up a goal at Cardiff Away and in the FA CUP. Let's get behind SRL to driv e him on to more goals for the SUPER SAINTS. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

9:45am Tue 7 Jan 14

Sadoldgitte says...

Can we sell Osvaldo to West Ham instead please?
Can we sell Osvaldo to West Ham instead please? Sadoldgitte

9:46am Tue 7 Jan 14

Saint TGB says...

He has got to stay. His link-up play and vision is worth so much to us.
He has got to stay. His link-up play and vision is worth so much to us. Saint TGB

9:59am Tue 7 Jan 14

Saint Wags says...

When Ricky is in the team we play well. When he is left out ie Chelsea, the crowd knew we were up against it. When he comes off the bench you can see the whole team lift. To me he is priceles, should start every game as there is nobody better
When Ricky is in the team we play well. When he is left out ie Chelsea, the crowd knew we were up against it. When he comes off the bench you can see the whole team lift. To me he is priceles, should start every game as there is nobody better Saint Wags

10:01am Tue 7 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

warrens 76 wrote:
In the pantheon of SFC signings he is in the top three so emotionally after what he has done here letting him go would hurt more than the normal comings and goings….SRL feels to us as one of us viz a viz Henry at Arsenal..

Our recent signings are good or awful Clyne, Lovren, Boruc and edging in Jay Rod…Wanyama almost there…but the BIG money has proved poor value…Gaston, Osvaldo and WTF was Forren…

In simplest terms if MoPo or NC decide to let him go it cannot indeed must not be until we have secured a proven (this time) champions league or Bundesliga etc high scorer/supplier….i

t will not be easy to fill Rickie's boots that is for sure.
wanyama almost there? top class player who has obviously been missed. Osvaldo poor value? o you can judge one as almost there yet the other as poor?
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: In the pantheon of SFC signings he is in the top three so emotionally after what he has done here letting him go would hurt more than the normal comings and goings….SRL feels to us as one of us viz a viz Henry at Arsenal.. Our recent signings are good or awful Clyne, Lovren, Boruc and edging in Jay Rod…Wanyama almost there…but the BIG money has proved poor value…Gaston, Osvaldo and WTF was Forren… In simplest terms if MoPo or NC decide to let him go it cannot indeed must not be until we have secured a proven (this time) champions league or Bundesliga etc high scorer/supplier….i t will not be easy to fill Rickie's boots that is for sure.[/p][/quote]wanyama almost there? top class player who has obviously been missed. Osvaldo poor value? o you can judge one as almost there yet the other as poor? el caballo santos101

11:06am Tue 7 Jan 14

Confucious says...

If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam.
If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam. Confucious

11:11am Tue 7 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Confucious wrote:
If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam.
Watch "V"
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam.[/p][/quote]Watch "V" OSPREYSAINT

11:32am Tue 7 Jan 14

el caballo santos101 says...

SRL is more than just a goal scorer, he sets up others up with his brilliant link up play. he is also more than that, he is a talisman, not just to the fans but to the players as well. too me the lift he gives players and fans alike when his name is on the team sheet or when he comes off the bench, is worth several points a season alone. Rickie is our king, long live king Rickie
SRL is more than just a goal scorer, he sets up others up with his brilliant link up play. he is also more than that, he is a talisman, not just to the fans but to the players as well. too me the lift he gives players and fans alike when his name is on the team sheet or when he comes off the bench, is worth several points a season alone. Rickie is our king, long live king Rickie el caballo santos101

11:53am Tue 7 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

I disagree with the Echo's comment, that we have adequate cover, should Lambert be sold.

Osvaldo is still very much unproven, and is currently serving a ban.

Gallagher has spent just a few minutes on the pitch, and as such cannot be considered ready.

JRod, led the line against Chelsea and was largely anonymous. His biggest strength, other than the goals he has scored this season, is running with the ball, from deep positions. Something he can't do if leading the line, and something that would also be lost to the team.

So on that basis, IMO, it would be wrong to let SRL leave, without first ensuring suitable cover is in situ.

If the club want to reward him, for services, give him a bonus. Alternatively let him leave in the Summer, so he can get a massive sign on fee and wages to match, setting him up for life (if he isn't already). That is, should he want to leave.
I disagree with the Echo's comment, that we have adequate cover, should Lambert be sold. Osvaldo is still very much unproven, and is currently serving a ban. Gallagher has spent just a few minutes on the pitch, and as such cannot be considered ready. JRod, led the line against Chelsea and was largely anonymous. His biggest strength, other than the goals he has scored this season, is running with the ball, from deep positions. Something he can't do if leading the line, and something that would also be lost to the team. So on that basis, IMO, it would be wrong to let SRL leave, without first ensuring suitable cover is in situ. If the club want to reward him, for services, give him a bonus. Alternatively let him leave in the Summer, so he can get a massive sign on fee and wages to match, setting him up for life (if he isn't already). That is, should he want to leave. Costa Baz

12:13pm Tue 7 Jan 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

Costa Baz wrote:
I disagree with the Echo's comment, that we have adequate cover, should Lambert be sold. Osvaldo is still very much unproven, and is currently serving a ban. Gallagher has spent just a few minutes on the pitch, and as such cannot be considered ready. JRod, led the line against Chelsea and was largely anonymous. His biggest strength, other than the goals he has scored this season, is running with the ball, from deep positions. Something he can't do if leading the line, and something that would also be lost to the team. So on that basis, IMO, it would be wrong to let SRL leave, without first ensuring suitable cover is in situ. If the club want to reward him, for services, give him a bonus. Alternatively let him leave in the Summer, so he can get a massive sign on fee and wages to match, setting him up for life (if he isn't already). That is, should he want to leave.
Agree with this completely. I feel it would be a shame and a mistake to sell Lambert he has a great touch is a fantastic passer, shooter and has a good work rate. Also even if we did get in a replacement we have all seen that players rarley come in and smash in goals straight away, we a constantly told by pundits and ex players that it takes time to adjust to life in the premier league. If he is going to be sold who can replace him?? We are now in the second half of the season and staying in the top half of the league needs to be a priority.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: I disagree with the Echo's comment, that we have adequate cover, should Lambert be sold. Osvaldo is still very much unproven, and is currently serving a ban. Gallagher has spent just a few minutes on the pitch, and as such cannot be considered ready. JRod, led the line against Chelsea and was largely anonymous. His biggest strength, other than the goals he has scored this season, is running with the ball, from deep positions. Something he can't do if leading the line, and something that would also be lost to the team. So on that basis, IMO, it would be wrong to let SRL leave, without first ensuring suitable cover is in situ. If the club want to reward him, for services, give him a bonus. Alternatively let him leave in the Summer, so he can get a massive sign on fee and wages to match, setting him up for life (if he isn't already). That is, should he want to leave.[/p][/quote]Agree with this completely. I feel it would be a shame and a mistake to sell Lambert he has a great touch is a fantastic passer, shooter and has a good work rate. Also even if we did get in a replacement we have all seen that players rarley come in and smash in goals straight away, we a constantly told by pundits and ex players that it takes time to adjust to life in the premier league. If he is going to be sold who can replace him?? We are now in the second half of the season and staying in the top half of the league needs to be a priority. SouthLondonSaint

1:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

The Inbetweener says...

I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his?
I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time.
I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his? I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time. The Inbetweener

2:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

The Inbetweener wrote:
I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his?
I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time.
Apparently, TheMail is claiming he he clause in his contract allowing him to stay at Saints for the rest of his career.
Can't post the link, but have a read.
[quote][p][bold]The Inbetweener[/bold] wrote: I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his? I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time.[/p][/quote]Apparently, TheMail is claiming he he clause in his contract allowing him to stay at Saints for the rest of his career. Can't post the link, but have a read. Costa Baz

3:56pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ghk230473 says...

£8m I would snap there hand off. He has been a great servant, still is a good player but in later stage of career. £7m profit is good business.
£8m I would snap there hand off. He has been a great servant, still is a good player but in later stage of career. £7m profit is good business. ghk230473

5:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

ghk230473 wrote:
£8m I would snap there hand off. He has been a great servant, still is a good player but in later stage of career. £7m profit is good business.
You would be happy to boot him out for profit even if he doesn't actually want to go, shades of Genesis 25: 29-34 methinks.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: £8m I would snap there hand off. He has been a great servant, still is a good player but in later stage of career. £7m profit is good business.[/p][/quote]You would be happy to boot him out for profit even if he doesn't actually want to go, shades of Genesis 25: 29-34 methinks. OSPREYSAINT

5:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Costa Baz wrote:
The Inbetweener wrote:
I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his?
I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time.
Apparently, TheMail is claiming he he clause in his contract allowing him to stay at Saints for the rest of his career.
Can't post the link, but have a read.
http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/sport/footbal
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There you go.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Inbetweener[/bold] wrote: I think it would be such a shame if SRL sold by the Club. I appreciate 8M for a player of his age is a decent sum, but I'm not sure SRL is money driven but there again if Wet Spam are prepared to double his wages and if he wants to go he would leave with my best wishes. I thought SRL thought about the Club in the same way as Le God and would see out his playing days at Saints. Can Seedhouse not shed any inside knowledge on what SRL is thinking, being an old neighbour of his? I was surprised to see Gallagher had odds of only 6/1 to score on Saturday when as Costa Baz states the lad hasn't played many minutes on the pitch. I'm sure he is another one for the future, but not convinced he is anywhere near ready for the Premiership. Shame we let Burnley back into the game on Saturday otherwise I'm sure he would have got some pitch time.[/p][/quote]Apparently, TheMail is claiming he he clause in his contract allowing him to stay at Saints for the rest of his career. Can't post the link, but have a read.[/p][/quote]http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sport/footbal l/article-2535123/He -stays-wants-Clause- Lamberts-contract-st ates-remain-Saint-li fe.html There you go. OSPREYSAINT

5:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Little Hitler says...

Well I sure hope Sir Rickie feels as sick as I do reading about the prospect of him leaving our beloved Saints. He's a true talisman and deserves maximum respect by the club, it's fans and the local paper.

I fully believe that him staying is the best thing for us all and that he will play a meaningful playing role with us for the next 3 or 4 years. Thereafter, he must be retained by the club whatever it takes. He has much to offer us from a technical prospective and can act as a positive role model about how to conduct oneself professionally.

People shouldn't think that a lucrative short-term deal at a mediocre club is in any way a better option than a future career over 10, 20 or even 30 years at Saints.

In short, we'd be mad to let him go!
Well I sure hope Sir Rickie feels as sick as I do reading about the prospect of him leaving our beloved Saints. He's a true talisman and deserves maximum respect by the club, it's fans and the local paper. I fully believe that him staying is the best thing for us all and that he will play a meaningful playing role with us for the next 3 or 4 years. Thereafter, he must be retained by the club whatever it takes. He has much to offer us from a technical prospective and can act as a positive role model about how to conduct oneself professionally. People shouldn't think that a lucrative short-term deal at a mediocre club is in any way a better option than a future career over 10, 20 or even 30 years at Saints. In short, we'd be mad to let him go! Little Hitler

5:43pm Tue 7 Jan 14

David Crook says...

If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.
If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right. David Crook

6:53pm Tue 7 Jan 14

lowe esteem says...

Looking at the overall team performance, Rickie is at least our second-most important player to have on the pitch, and his absences have statistically supported this. We STILL do not tick without Sir Rickie or Adam on the pitch, and to lose them would be suicidal, this sort of quality does not grow on trees (Cork reference!) There has been a suspicious and sustained, financially driven (nudge nudge) campaign that can only come from 'the capital' to prise our talisman away. Of course, this will benefit our erstwhile 'rivals' more than any level of financial return could us. It's not as if he's a costly disruptive element is it?
Good sense to prevail please Saints, these silly crusades with referees, the FA and Football League are clouding your judgement and taking up valuable time that could be spent on researching viable understudies for Sir Rickie, Artur and Dejan.
Looking at the overall team performance, Rickie is at least our second-most important player to have on the pitch, and his absences have statistically supported this. We STILL do not tick without Sir Rickie or Adam on the pitch, and to lose them would be suicidal, this sort of quality does not grow on trees (Cork reference!) There has been a suspicious and sustained, financially driven (nudge nudge) campaign that can only come from 'the capital' to prise our talisman away. Of course, this will benefit our erstwhile 'rivals' more than any level of financial return could us. It's not as if he's a costly disruptive element is it? Good sense to prevail please Saints, these silly crusades with referees, the FA and Football League are clouding your judgement and taking up valuable time that could be spent on researching viable understudies for Sir Rickie, Artur and Dejan. lowe esteem

7:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members.
SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members. Rudolf Hucker

8:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

holburyhalo says...

I agree we should look at Ings we missed a trick by not getting lukaka after he throughly destroyed us last season playing for WBA and look what he's done for Everton.
I agree we should look at Ings we missed a trick by not getting lukaka after he throughly destroyed us last season playing for WBA and look what he's done for Everton. holburyhalo

9:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Costa Baz says...

David Crook wrote:
If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.
Have you not noticed that we have 3 very good wide men?

It has been clear, since MP took over, but especially this season, that the width in the team will be provided by Shaw, on the left, and Clyne/Chambers on the right.
And they are doing a great job.

Lambert is playing no differently to the way he played last season, under Adkins. If his goal tally is down, this season, it is probably because he is no longer being under estimated by the opposition, and because we aren't getting any penalties to boost his strike rate.
Some people seem to lose track of the fact that he has still scored 7 and set up 6. That is a good return.
[quote][p][bold]David Crook[/bold] wrote: If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.[/p][/quote]Have you not noticed that we have 3 very good wide men? It has been clear, since MP took over, but especially this season, that the width in the team will be provided by Shaw, on the left, and Clyne/Chambers on the right. And they are doing a great job. Lambert is playing no differently to the way he played last season, under Adkins. If his goal tally is down, this season, it is probably because he is no longer being under estimated by the opposition, and because we aren't getting any penalties to boost his strike rate. Some people seem to lose track of the fact that he has still scored 7 and set up 6. That is a good return. Costa Baz

9:57pm Tue 7 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

holburyhalo wrote:
I agree we should look at Ings we missed a trick by not getting lukaka after he throughly destroyed us last season playing for WBA and look what he's done for Everton.
We have a rule here, if you can't spell his name right, we don't sign him. Ings should be OK though, only 4 letters.
[quote][p][bold]holburyhalo[/bold] wrote: I agree we should look at Ings we missed a trick by not getting lukaka after he throughly destroyed us last season playing for WBA and look what he's done for Everton.[/p][/quote]We have a rule here, if you can't spell his name right, we don't sign him. Ings should be OK though, only 4 letters. OSPREYSAINT

9:59pm Tue 7 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

David Crook wrote:
If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.
Usual quality of tripespeak, just posted to WUM, and in my case succesfully annoyed.
[quote][p][bold]David Crook[/bold] wrote: If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.[/p][/quote]Usual quality of tripespeak, just posted to WUM, and in my case succesfully annoyed. OSPREYSAINT

10:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

Club aren't a selling club anymore - we're quite comfy financially so there's no need to sell on the talent.

Players who are getting regular starts in the squad (and that includes Lambert) are more than happy.

got to love the silly season speculation going on. It's also a lovely position to be in - everyone wants our players.

Lambert won't go to the Spam - why uproot his family when he's getting good game time and seeing out his career at Saints? it's a total non-argument to say he's got a better chance at teh spam for a World Cup place - Hodgson already knows who he is taking. Lambo is in or out regardless of who he plays for this season.
Shaw won't go either. Utd think they can wave their wallets and the players come running. I also saw an absolutely hilarious story about Saints considering a swap deal with Chelsea with Ryan Bertrand coming to Saints (who?). I can just see NC happily swapping the most exciting, talented left back in the country for.... well I'd quite like someone to tell me who Bertrand is exactly.

The arrogance of the pundits and otherclubs fans when it comes to Saints is unbelievable. I don't think they get that matters have changed at the south coasts top side - we don't sell unless it suits us and we're building a team to go out there and win lots of lovely competitions - exactly why would we sell our greatest talents?

don't believe the hype kids
Club aren't a selling club anymore - we're quite comfy financially so there's no need to sell on the talent. Players who are getting regular starts in the squad (and that includes Lambert) are more than happy. got to love the silly season speculation going on. It's also a lovely position to be in - everyone wants our players. Lambert won't go to the Spam - why uproot his family when he's getting good game time and seeing out his career at Saints? it's a total non-argument to say he's got a better chance at teh spam for a World Cup place - Hodgson already knows who he is taking. Lambo is in or out regardless of who he plays for this season. Shaw won't go either. Utd think they can wave their wallets and the players come running. I also saw an absolutely hilarious story about Saints considering a swap deal with Chelsea with Ryan Bertrand coming to Saints (who?). I can just see NC happily swapping the most exciting, talented left back in the country for.... well I'd quite like someone to tell me who Bertrand is exactly. The arrogance of the pundits and otherclubs fans when it comes to Saints is unbelievable. I don't think they get that matters have changed at the south coasts top side - we don't sell unless it suits us and we're building a team to go out there and win lots of lovely competitions - exactly why would we sell our greatest talents? don't believe the hype kids Stroppy_gramps

12:44am Wed 8 Jan 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

Rudolf Hucker wrote:
SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members.
Agree but i wouldn't sell osvaldo yet, I tink he will improve. But yer get rid of Ramirez, can't see us signing mata but would be nice :)
[quote][p][bold]Rudolf Hucker[/bold] wrote: SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members.[/p][/quote]Agree but i wouldn't sell osvaldo yet, I tink he will improve. But yer get rid of Ramirez, can't see us signing mata but would be nice :) SouthLondonSaint

9:27am Wed 8 Jan 14

SiamSaint says...

Confucious wrote:
If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam.
I live in Bangkok and a large gecko ran across the bed shortly before I read your comment.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: If, snuggled up in bed and ready to go to sleep tonight, a big lizard suddenly runs up my left pyjama leg, I would be less surprised than if Rickie went to Spam.[/p][/quote]I live in Bangkok and a large gecko ran across the bed shortly before I read your comment. SiamSaint

6:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

The main Man who lifted Saints up yes go Rickie to Wet Spam for 40 Miiion !
The main Man who lifted Saints up yes go Rickie to Wet Spam for 40 Miiion ! Fatty x Ford Worker

12:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

David Crook says...

Rudolf Hucker wrote:
SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]Rudolf Hucker[/bold] wrote: SRL is under contract until 2016....DE thinks we should sell now and get a good price for him. We only paid £1m for him and I am sure we would get 4 times that amount in 2 yrs time anyway. Although I think Osvaldo is a great player, I still think he isn't quite at ease with Saints and our style of play. I would rather see Saints cash in on Osvaldo and Ramirez, and stick with Rickie as I rate him far better than the other 2....Replace Ramirez and Osvaldo with Matta of Chelski, and Danny Ings of Burnley....Your thoughts Forum members.[/p][/quote]Well said David Crook

12:35pm Thu 9 Jan 14

David Crook says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
David Crook wrote:
If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.
Usual quality of tripespeak, just posted to WUM, and in my case succesfully annoyed.
Like you am I not aloud to have a point of view,that is what I thought this site was all about.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Crook[/bold] wrote: If Ricki had any sense he should go to West Ham,Saints are just not playing him right at the moment,he is a out and out striker that needs good service,we need a good wide man to pump those good balls in for Ricki,I for one would be sorry to see him go,he is such a great striker if you play him right.[/p][/quote]Usual quality of tripespeak, just posted to WUM, and in my case succesfully annoyed.[/p][/quote]Like you am I not aloud to have a point of view,that is what I thought this site was all about. David Crook

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