Lambert already being linked with exit as Crystal Palace show interest

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It’s hardly been a triumphant return for the boyhood fan.

New Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew wants to make Rickie Lambert one of his first new signings as the striker continues to struggle, reports the Guardian.

Lambert made a return to his boyhood club over the summer, completing an amazing rise to stardom for the England international after we released him as a boy.

However, it has not been the triumphant return to Anfield that both the club and player would have wanted, with the 32-year-old struggling for form in front of goal.

Lambert has scored just twice in 22 matches since we signing him from Southampton for £4m and most fans would probably not be too disappointed to see him leave for Palace.

Pardew knows the forward well having signed him from Bristol Rovers way back in 2009 when both men were at St Mary’s

Selling Lambert would also give Brendan Rodgers more of a free reign to go into the transfer market and sign the new attacker that we so clearly need.

Mario Balotelli has also flopped, Fabio Borini looks below par and Daniel Sturridge has been perennially injured and as solid as Raheem Sterling has looked upfront, a more established No.9 is needed.

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