West Ham line up surprise January move for Southampton star Lambert

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce could be set to make a shock move for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert in the January transfer window, according to The Independent.

Lambert was thought to be on the Hammers; radar in the summer, but any approaches were rebuffed as Saints sought to hold on to their prized asset.

With Dani Osvaldo’s arrival at St. Mary’s, however, Lambert is no longer considered a sure-fire selection – at least not the club’s first choice striker – the forward could seek a move away from the south coast in the hopes of maintaining his hopes of booking a seat on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup in the summer.

West Ham have appeared considerably lackluster in attack this season, especially since losing striker Andy Carroll to injury, and with only bottom club Sunderland having scored less in the league this season Big Sam is thought to be keen on taking Lambert to east London.

Lambert’s contract runs until 2016, but he has only found the net four times so far this season – and so a move could both freshen up the striker’s campaign and help West Ham’s struggling Goals For tally.

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