When news of Liverpool's interest in Rickie Lambert was announced towards the end of last week, it was a shock to most fans. The striker seemed settled at Southampton and Liverpool seemed more interested in Lambert's now former teammate Adam Lallana.
However, it appears Southampton did not put up too much of an effort in blocking the £4 million + add ons bid - a sharp contrast to their stance when West Ham put in an offer of a similar amount in January.
Why Southampton have had a change in heart is unknown, although Lambert's enthusiasm for his boyhood club Liverpool might have had something to do with it.
"I can't believe it. I've loved this club all my life. I left here 17 years ago and I haven't stopped loving it since," said Lambert in an interview on the Liverpool website.
"I have always dreamt of playing for Liverpool, but I did kind of think the chance of playing for them had gone. I didn't think the chance would come.
"I've been trying to keep it as low-key as possible. Only telling close family.
"My mum and dad shed a few tears when I told them, my mum in particular."
"I know how big Liverpool are - and it means everything to me - but I know what is important," he added in an interview with the Liverpool website.
"I know it's what I do on the pitch and the minutes I play.
"I know that's what matters, and that's what I'll be focused on."
Lambert had been with Southampton since 2009 and enjoyed his most prolific time at the club, scoring 117 goals in 235 games. He was also stated to have had two years left on his Southampton contract. When asked about how he would be able to adapt, he stated: "I did think the two teams were similar last season in the way they played. I would like to think that has helped me - and is what will help me adapt to Liverpool's style. I believe good players can play with good players. It might take a little bit of time to adapt to the players around me and get used to the games, but I am sure it won't take me long to find out what the manager wants, what the players need from me and what I can bring to the team. I just can't wait to get going."
Lambert completed his medical on Saturday and is believed to have signed a two-year deal.