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  • "I believe it is a good deal for Ricky and not too bad for Saints.
    Ricky deserves this move to end his career, thank you Rick for helping return Saints back to the Premiership.
    For Saints, whilst we are all sad to see him go, it is not a bad deal for a player of his age and it does clear the way for at least TWO top strikers to come in.
    We now need to convince Adam & Luke etc to stay and help take us on to Europe as Ralph has said this week it is the intention.
    To do that the new board must show the ambition and sign a proven, high profile manager that will also attract the two top strikers to come to Saints.
    Rafa Benitez ticks all the boxes and says he wants to return to the Premiership. He would repay his high salary in no time and show the big clubs that we are a team to be worried about next season.
    As I have said, Rafa Benitez would raise Saints profile just as the signing of Kevin Keegan did.
    Come on Katharina, Ralph & Les don't go for a cheap option GET RAFA and give us all a lift."
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England manager Roy Hodgson congratulates Liverpool on signing Rickie Lambert and says the striker is "very happy" ahead of his transfer from Southampton

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert Rickie Lambert

England manager Roy Hodgson has congratulated Liverpool on signing Rickie Lambert from Saints.

The striker’s transfer to Anfield is due to be completed tomorrow, although the player himself will be at a pre-World Cup training camp in Miami by that point.

Lambert passed a medical in Liverpool yesterday and has agreed a two-year contract with the club he supports.

The 32-year-old was an unused substitute for England in Friday night’s 3-0 win against Peru, at Wembley, but is set to feature in Wednesday’s friendly against Ecuador.

Hodgson, who used to manage the Reds, is expecting Lambert to be full of enthusiasm when he takes to the field at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

“He is very happy, I am happy for him and I congratulate Liverpool on signing a good player,” he said.

“I am sure that when he plays against Ecuador you will see a fella running around with all the joy that his heart can muster, because he is very happy to be here with England and he is very happy that the move to Liverpool has gone through.”

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