Adkins warns clubs off Lambert

Lambert is the top scorer in the Championship with 15 goals this

season and signed a new three-year contract at St Mary’s back in

the summer. He has been linked with a New Year move to Newcastle

after being signed for Saints two years ago during Magpies boss

Alan Pardew’s time at the helm. However, Pardew’s successor Adkins

has no intention of selling the 29-year-old as Southampton push for

a return to the Premier League. “Rickie has been excellent for us

and if we keep creating chances he will score,” said Adkins. “I can

understand why Premier League teams might be looking at our players

but we would not welcome any interest. “We have got a group of

players here who are all under long-term contracts and they want to

get this fantastic club back into the Premier League. “We’ve got

ourselves in a great position to achieve that and look forward to

the second half of the season with confidence.”