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Rumour Mill-Saints Preserve Us £4m for Jay&Danny?

Rumour Mill-Saints Preserve Us £4m for Jay&Danny?

The Daily Mail fuelled speculation on Friday that Southampton had made a £4m double bid for Burnley forward Jay Rodriguez and left back Danny Fox.

There has been no official statement made by the club on the rumour over the weekend and anyway you would probably not expect them to make any comment.

Most Clarets fans though will be hoping that if a bid has indeed been made that the Saints have been told in no uncertain terms where to stick their offer!

It is bad enough having lost out on Jack Cork to a club in administration only a few seasons ago. To have Jay Rod and Fox depart for St Marys as well would be too much to bear for most Clarets fans.At least I hope it would!

Having said that, I thought there would be more of an outcry over the sale of Eagles and Mears but it seems a sizeable number of fans have accepted the club line that it was a 'good bit of business' and that they would have left for nothing next summer.

I also thought there would be more of an outcry after we lost out on Cork and to this day I still believe we should have gone the extra mile to get him. If the rumours are true, he is on £22k/week at St Marys and we have just got shut of Chris Iwelumo reportedly on £15k/week. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out the maths. We could have had Cork based on this one-for-one replacement alone for just an extra £7k/week but then of course the club argue that would have broken their salary cap with the other players up in arms complaining they were not being paid as much. That to me is just an excuse for not having the financial balls to go for a player of the high quality we need to get this club promoted.

Anybody hand-on-heart who watched the recent games against Sunderland and Watford would have to admit we greatly missed Jack Cork in those games.

How far are we going to take this 'good bit of business' or conversely 'pleading poverty' line?

I would bet my bottom dollar that if we did let Jay Rod and Fox go for £4m in total there would still be fans toeing the club line and there would be yet more convincing themselves that once again it would be a 'good bit of business' even though it would cripple our understrength squad even more with very little time to fix it.

I hope on this occasion the club will have the financial nous to tell Southampton manager,Nigel Adkins to get stuffed but I have to say I have no trust in the Board especially once the £££££ signs start spinning around.

I also wonder at what point the 'happy clappers' content with whatever this club does or does not do, will begin to smell the coffee and realise all is not well with the club despite the Chairman's best efforts to convince us otherwise.

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Date:Sunday August 7 2011
Time: 12:12PM


When are we going to read rumours about BFC making bids for a couple of quality players??? All we seem to be linked with are young hopefuls although EH's two signings and his loans do seem to be good ones. Sincerely hope Saints are told to b. off in no uncertain terms.
07/08/2011 13:03:00
I have long been searching for the most suitable tag to use in ripostes to the tmp's friendly ribbing with term 'happy clapper'. After this outbreak of manic panic, my search is over. :-) Nothing to add beyond what I posted on this in the rumour mill forum earlier this morning.
Couch Potato
07/08/2011 14:15:00
Just found this on Southampton Rumours Website :06 Aug 2011 12:04:13 Burnley set to reject Southampton's first bid of £4.25m for star duo Danny Fox and Jay Rodriguez, Saints will come back with £5.75m + Dan Harding - who is currently Saints' first choice left back. I hope the board really aren't considering selling Jay + Fox after Eagles & Mears, that would have to be the last straw. TMF I agree with your comments above about the board and people just seem to be taking it lying down, how would you suggest we make ourselves heard as fans? I am a member of the Clarets trust and know you are on the board, will the trust be mentioning the way we feel as fans with regards to selling off key players and justifying it by saying we are going to make a 4 mill loss this year, (how does that work out?), how can fans make the board take notice? , all i'm hearing about lately is how were gonna be mid-table at best, I'm optimistic and think Eddie can do the job and is a good manager who can get us promotion, but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, money has to be spent on some new signings, especially when were selling off key players, we need to strengthen now, what will it be like if Jay & fox go, I really worry that we'd be lucky to get mid-table without them, the board has to show ambition to gain promotion and if that means going into debt so be it.
07/08/2011 14:19:00
Hi Dred, first of all welcome to VB. You will appreciate whilst I totally agree with your comments it's a difficult one for me as far as the Trust are concerned since we are trying to represent all fans and not all fans want changes at Board level and/or a different strategy. I should also point out that all the comments I make on VB are my own and not those necessarily of the Trust (as the riders on this site spell out) I am though raising these issues with my Trust colleagues in relation to some of the concerns regarding those fans who are not at all happy with the club's current stance and I will continue to do so
07/08/2011 15:17:00
For the opening game of the season I thought the gate was not very good, even given some fans would be away on holiday. Surely the Board will see that what some perceive as a lack of ambition results in lower gates and consequent lower income.
07/08/2011 15:48:00
It's one thing to have clubs making offers, and another to actually sell. Mears and Eagles wanted to go, and they made this clear at the start of last season, so what's the point of keeping them. Take your point about pushing the boat out for Cork tmp, but then how do the other players feel about that? But as far as selling J Rod is concerned, I hope the club make it clear that he's going nowhere, and the same with Fox as well. If we do end up selling, then as you say above, things are worse than we thought at the club.
07/08/2011 16:19:00
Mears & Eagles let's face it wanted to go from the time Coyle left. In hindsight we should have sold them last summer and got the market value for them then. £3 million was a pittance and we were forced into a corner. Of course had we not *****ed off Coyle due to lack of ambition and not brought in a weak manager because he was cheap, both Eagles and Mears could now be playing for us in the Premier League and we would now be laughing both financially and in terms of entertainment on the pitch with gates I am sure of 20,000 plus.
07/08/2011 16:30:00
Cornwall has it right regarding the gate although Watford did only bring their usual two mini-buses!!This is what worries me, with revenue going to be key to our salary cap limits in the next year or so, we have to start entertaining with a high quality team that is good enough for promotion otherwise the gates will fall even more! We are falling short by miles at the moment,which is to be expected after losing three key players of the calibre of Cork,Eagles & Mears! But then it was all good business.Yeah right
07/08/2011 16:36:00
07/08/2011 18:20:00
A? A what? lol
07/08/2011 18:32:00
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