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Rickie Lambert's arrival at West Brom will boost their attack

Saido Berahino, right, and Rickie Lambert have all of the attributes to be a strong pair at striker.

West Brom's capture of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool is their third signing of the summer and the most important yet.

Albion were heavily reliant on Saido Berahino for goals last season (he scored 14 of the club's 38 goals in that campaign) and manager Tony Pulis simply couldn't afford to be as dependent on the striker this season. The signing of Lambert should help ease the burden on their lead forward, as it means the club now has two proven Premier League goal-scorers in their squad.

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Rickie Lambert scores twice just hours after signing for West Brom

Rickie Lambert had his first two West Brom goals before the ink had dried on his new contract.

Rickie Lambert enjoyed a whirlwind start to his West Brom career on Friday, marking his debut with two goals just hours after passing a medical and signing a two-year deal.

The brace helped the Baggies to a 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers, where Lambert played from 2006-2009.

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 preseason friendly, opening the scoring with a deflected effort...

 By Mike Whalley

Rickie Lambert completes move to West Brom after year at Liverpool

The ESPN FC crew discuss the impact that recent signing Christian Benteke will have for Liverpool.

West Brom have signed striker Rickie Lambert from Liverpool in a £3 million deal.

The striker, who has 11 England caps, signed a two-year contract at The Hawthorns on Friday.

Lambert, wearing the No. 17 shirt, went straight into the Albion squad for Friday's preseason friendly at League Two side Bristol Rovers, one of his former clubs.

He made an ideal start to his West Brom career, opening the scoring with a deflected goal in the 23rd minute and adding West Brom's third goal just after half-time.

 By Mike Whalley

Christian Benteke to wear Liverpool No. 9 shirt as Rickie Lambert nears exit

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Christian Benteke is set to take the Liverpool No. 9 shirt from Rickie Lambert after the England striker completed his move to West Bromwich Albion.

Sources told ESPN FC that Benteke will take on Lambert's squad number.

Benteke will follow in the wake of a series of great Liverpool strikers including Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres to have worn the No. 9 shirt.

The Belgium international completed a £32.5 million move to Anfield from Aston Villa on July 22, though the club did not...

Aston Villa make move for West Brom defender Joleon Lescott - sources

Joleon Lescott has made over 500 appearances in England.

Aston Villa have made a move to sign West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott, sources have told ESPN FC.

Lescott, 32, is entering the final year of his contract at West Brom after joining on a two-year deal last summer following his departure from Manchester City on a free transfer.

The centre-back made 29 appearances in all competitions for West Brom in his debut season, but was forced to fill in at left-back on several occasions even though he prefers to play centrally.

The recent arrival...