Pirates pounce for Lambert
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol Rovers have splashed out £200,000 to sign Rochdale striker Rickie Lambert.
Bristol Rovers have splashed out £200,000 to sign striker Rickie Lambert from League Two rivals Rochdale.
Lambert has signed a three-year contract at The Memorial Stadium and his capture compensates for the sale of Junior Agogo to Nottingham Forest.
The 24-year-old had rejected a new contract at Rochdale, with his deal having been due to expire at the end of the season.
Dale opted to cash in on Lambert, who had joined from Stockport in February 2005, and the player feels he has linked up with one of the division's biggest clubs.
"Most of the time I've been playing football I've played in this division, and in all that time Bristol Rovers have been one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest, I've come up against," Lambert, who could make his debut against former club Stockport on Sunday, told the club's official website.
"My first thought when I heard about this move was that Bristol Rovers is a big club, and I wanted to be a part of that.
"This is where every player wants to be. You want to play in good atmospheres in front of thousands of fans, it's what you play football for, and that's why I've come to Bristol Rovers."
Meanwhile, Rochdale have added experienced defender James Sharp to their squad on a contract until January.
Sharp was let go by Shrewsbury Town earlier this week after spending a month with Gary Peters' side, making a single appearance in the Carling Cup against Birmingham City.