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Newcastle boss Pardew proud to have signed Lambert for Southampton

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is proud to have signed Ricki Lambert for Southampton.

Lambert scored his 100th goal for Saints on Sunday in defeat at Newcastle.

"Absolutely (there is a sense of pride)," Pardew told the Daily Echo. "He had only been with me six weeks and I said to him 'you could play in the Premiership.' "I don't think he really believed me if I'm honest.

"I said it in a kind of strange way as I knew he'd want more money so I said 'the next couple of years you could get there.' "He was brilliant. He's a real handful.

"I put him above (Grant) Holt personally. No disrespect to Grant Holt but I think Rickie's got more about him and he's proving that.

"100 goals is a fantastic little milestone for him."

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