Lambert introduces himself to Baggies with cool brace
Rickie Lambert enjoyed a whirlwind start to his West Brom career yesterday as hours after passing a medical and signing a two-year deal, he marked his debut with two goals.
The striker sealed his move to the Hawthorns from Liverpool after the clubs swiftly concluded negotiations.
It is understood the Baggies have paid just under £3million for the 33-year-old, meaning the Reds will make a loss of more than a £1million on the player who only joined them from Southampton last summer.
The fee was agreed around lunchtime and Lambert travelled down to Birmingham for a medical ahead of the deal being completed late in the day.
He then started Albion's 4-0 pre-season friendly win at his old side Bristol Rovers, opening the scoring with a deflected effort in the 23rd minute and doubling his tally with a close-range finish a minute after the break. He was replaced in the 56th minute.
"Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch," Baggies head coach Tony Pulis said. "We are very pleased to have him on board. He's a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad."