Date:Sunday August 28 2011
It was only on Saturday, that Burnley FC media manager, Darren Bentley was assuring listeners to Clarets Player during the Derby game that Jay Rodriguez was NOT FOR SALE!!
There was of course the usual proviso that we would always consider silly money though with that being suggested to be in the region of plus £8m!
Daft rumours have circulated during the week on dubious rumour mill websites that the Saints had made up to a £5.75m bid for Rodriguez. Some have even suggested a cash/player deal with 25 year old Saints winger, Jason Puncheon thrown in!
Most Clarets fans though will be hoping there is absolutely no truth in any of these rumours but sady tonight there was more fuelling of the speculation.
It would appear that Burnley have made an enquiry for Barnsley striker, Danny Haynes and not because they want to add to their striking department but according to reports because they fear they could lose Jay Rodriguez to Southampton.
We have been linked with Haynes though on and off all summer so what has changed?
Well,it seems that the 23 year old former Millwall and Bristol City goal-scorer was dropped to the bench for the first time this season with the reason being that Burnley were reportedly close to sealing a deal.
Haynes has scored six goals in 24 games for Barnsley so far and played every minute of every game except for the last 30 minutes of the 2-1 win at Reading last weekend.
He was however then surprisingly dropped to the bench for Saturday's goal-less draw at Millwall in favour of new recruit Danny Drinkwater
Tykes manager Keith Hill unusually decided to adopt a 4-5-1 formation for the first time this season or at least that is one of the reasons given for dropping Haynes.
I suspect though if there is any truth in Eddie Howe's interest, it is more likely to be because Burnley have failed in their attempt to sign Junior Stanislas from West Ham rather than any concern over losing Rodriguez! At least I bloody well hope so!
Hill has continued to deny that they would consider selling Haynes but it remains to be seen whether they would consider offers should Burnley make an official bid.
Date:Sunday August 28 2011
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