Rickie Lambert Southampton
Rickie Lambert keen to return to his boyhood club.Reuters

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of signing Southampton's Rickie Lambert for a transfer of around £4m plus add-ons.

Although the Reds have the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who scored a combined total of 52 goals in the Premier League last season, leading their attack, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly looking to add more depth to his squad.

While Spanish forward Lago Aspas is likely to be placed on the transfer market after turning out to be a flop last season, Fabio Borini, who spent the last season on-loan at Sunderland, is also expected to be sold to the Black Cats this summer.

Despite many feeling that the 32-year-old will not prove to be a worthwhile signing due to his age, Rodgers, who believes that Lambert is a very underrated striker, is confident that he will do well at Anfield.

"He's probably never got the recognition for what a really good footballer he is. He is probably seen as a traditional big number nine, a typical British striker, but he's one of the most accomplished footballers I've seen. Look at his touch and the different types of goals he scores; he is a terrific player," said Rodgers.

The England striker, who played in a number of lower division English teams including Blackpool, Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before joining Southampton in 2009, has been in excellent form over the last couple of seasons.

While he managed to score 15 and assist 5 goals in 35 Premier League appearances in the 2012/13 campaign, Lambert netted 13 and assisted 10 goals in 31 games in the succeeding season.

Despite offers from many other Premier League sides, Lambert is reportedly eager to join Liverpool, where he spent five years as a youth player before being released in 1997.

The Saints, who have already lost their manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur, were reportedly reluctant to sell their striker, rejecting an earlier bid from Liverpool. However, now it is believed that the Saints have accepted a £4m plus add-ons deal for Lambert, according to BBC.

Liverpool, who are also reportedly looking to make a swoop for Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, will be hoping that Lambert completes his medical at Anfield before flying out of Miami with the England team on 1 June.