By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Rickie Lambert could be available on a free transfer this summer as West Brom prepare to reach a settlement on his contract, according to a report.
The former Liverpool striker has spent most of the season on the fringes of the team following his £3million move from Merseyside last summer.
The Telegraph report that Albion are prepared to listen to offers for the 34-year-old and could even grant him a free transfer to smooth his exit.
He has another year remaining on a contract said to be worth £42,000-a-week but the Midlands club are prepared to reach an agreement to grant Lambert a free transfer.
The former England striker has had a difficult two seasons since being selected for the World Cup squad in 2014.
Lambert had a bit-part role during his year at boyhood club Liverpool and has experienced similar frustration at West Brom, where he has made just a single Premier League start and scored just a single goal for the club in 951 minutes.
Manager Tony Pulis is set to shake up his squad ahead of next season and will reportedly meet with chairman Jeremy Peace for talks early next week as the club prepare their strategy for the transfer window.
Saido Berahino will be a £22million target for clubs including Tottenham and Stoke and is expected to finally depart this summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, one of the team’s prime summer targets has issued a come-and-get-me-plea through his club.