Lambert unsure on Keane deal
Paul Lambert is unsure if Will Keane will become a Town player. The former loanee was released by parent club Hull City at the end of the season.
Keane, 26, impressed whilst on loan at Portman Road scoring three goals however spent several weeks in the physio room.
Speaking on the potential arrival of Keane, Lambert said: “I don’t know, Will’s obviously got the rehab on his hamstring at the minute, Will’s probably still rehabbing with that.
“That’s what the situation is. We’ll have to wait and kind of see what Will’s doing at this moment. I don’t know whether he might be on holiday or if the rehab is still going on. At the minute, I need everybody fully fit to perform.”
Lambert has hinted he would like four strikers for the upcoming campaign: “If you’ve got four strikers then you’ve got to try and keep everybody happy, there’s a lot of games that can be thrown at us, you can be playing 61 or 62 games quite easily, we’re going to need everybody.
“We’re not a good enough side to rely on one or two people, we’re going to need everybody and I think it’s important that everybody gets games.”
The thought of another striker coming in the door will excite Town fans, however any deal is looking likely to be a free transfer.
The news may come as surprise to Town fans as the club has received well over a million pound so far this summer. The club has sold Ellis Harrison to Pompey whilst receiving around £800,000 sell on for Matt Clarke’s move to Brighton.
Speaking on letting Harrison join Pompey, Lambert said: “The club got the offer and we said ‘okay, if we’re trying to get James (Norwood) in as well then we’ll have four strikers which would be hard to carry’.
“Ellis maybe wanted to go as well. It had been a hard year for him with injuries. There was no problem with Ellis, he’s a good guy, but we never really had him fit.
“There was no ill feeling or animosity at all, it’s just the decision we made.”
Even with the above mentioned money coming into the club, alongside any further sell-ons if Tyrone Mings, Adam Webster and Kieffer Moore make big money moves in this window, Lambert is expecting to be shopping in the bosman market: “We will probably look at the frees unless something comes up and (owner) Marcus (Evans) says we can buy. I don’t have a problem with that. That’s football. You have to respect where the club is going. It’s not a problem.
“If it’s frees we have to look really hard. If you get them in, great, if you don’t then you move on.
“We’ve got a really big squad as it is at the minute, so we have to wait and see what transpires over the next few weeks.”
Speaking on the size of his squad, “We’ve got 23/24 players at the minute,” said Lambert. “You can only have 18 (in the match day squad). We might try and bring somebody else in to help, but if you keep bringing people in then it stops the progression of the young ones coming through.
“It doesn’t make sense (keep bringing people in). You may as well scrap the academy if we’re not going to utilise it.
“We’ve got a big squad as it is at the minute, so we have to wait and see what transpires over the next few weeks.”