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Jay Rodriguez Transfer Rumours: Latest News and Speculation on Southampton Star

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Jay Rodriguez of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton at Stadium of Light on January 18, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

Updates from Friday, Sept. 5

Tottenham have not given up hope of landing Jay Rodriguez once he's fully fit, according to the Daily Star's Rhys Turrell.

Spurs will take time to ensure Rodriguez recovers from his knee injury before considering a January bid, reports Turrell:

According to reports this morning, new Spurs boss Maurico Pochettino has told club bosses that he wants the 25-year-old at White Hart Lane when he is back to full fitness.

 

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Tottenham’s search for a forward has seen them make an improved offer for Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, reports suggest on Sept. 1, transfer deadline day.

Clearly exceptionally keen to get a player on board whom he worked with during his spell as Saints boss, Mauricio Pochettino has sanctioned a bid in excess of £14 million for the 25-year-old, according to Sam Wallace of The Independent. It’s also reported that Spurs winger Andros Townsend could find himself part of the deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Imag
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Rodriguez is currently out of action after suffering a horrendous cruciate ligament injury, and although the England man is not expected to return to action for a couple of months yet, Pochettino has seemingly been undeterred in his attempts to bring the striker to White Hart Lane.

The former Burnley forward became a vital figure for Southampton under the Argentinean boss, playing in a host of positions across the front line and adapting superbly to the intense style the former Saints manager looked to implement. So with a dearth of forward options currently available to Pochettino at his new club, it’s easy to see why he’s targeted his former player.

Welbeck has also been muted as a target for Spurs.
Welbeck has also been muted as a target for Spurs.Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Tottenham have also been linked with a possible deadline-day switch for Danny Welbeck, per Metro, and although the Manchester United man is a player who possesses similar dynamism and versatility to Rodriguez, you suspect that the Spurs manager would much prefer working with a player whom he is clearly well acquainted with.

According to Wallace’s piece, Townsend is keen for the move to go ahead, too. The England winger looks set for a season on the periphery of the Tottenham team under the new manager, and he’s a player who would surely be afforded considerably more game time at St Mary’s than White Hart Lane.

It’s set to be a nervous end to the transfer window for Southampton, and the sale of Rodriguez would cap off what’s been a frustrating summer for them.

The club has seen a whirlwind of transfer activity this summer, and although Ronald Koeman has made some very astute purchases to replace the likes of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana, he’d be extremely disappointed to lose a player of Rodriguez’s calibre at this late stage of the window.

An injury to Rodriguez ended his season early.
An injury to Rodriguez ended his season early.Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Rodriguez's performances last season were exemplary, and a first ever call-up for the national team was well deserved. His haul of 15 Premier League goals, per WhoScored.com, looked set to earn him a call-up to the World Cup squad, too, but the cruciate injury suffered at Manchester City late in the season cruelly curtailed his campaign.

According to Wallace’s piece, the final decision on this deal rests with Southampton executive director Les Reed. Those of a red and white persuasion will be desperate for the club to stand firm in the face of interest from their former boss.

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