Bristol Rovers are on the verge of a surprise financial windfall following reports that Liverpool have tabled a multi-million pound bid for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.
Sky Sports have reported that Liverpool have tabled a bid upwards of £8million for the striker, who left Rovers for Southampton in a deal worth £1million five years ago.
That deal had a sell-on clause inserted on any profit made on future moves and it is believed Rovers could be in line to receive up to £2million should the proposed transfer be finalised.
The unexpected windfall could not be more welcome at a time that Rovers are looking at a loss of up to £1million as a result of their recent relegation to the Conference.
Lambert, meanwhile, would be joining his boyhood club following five successful seasons at Southampton during which he has broken into the England set-up and has booked a place in the squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The striker became a firm fans favourite during his three years at the Memorial Stadium after being signed for a fee of about £200,000 from Rochdale to replace Nottingham Forest-bound Junior Agogo in 2006.
He scored 51 goals in 128 appearances and was pivotal in a successful period during which Rovers won promotion to League One under former manager Paul Trollope in 2007.