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Rumour Mill-Now Black Cats Prowl For Jay Rod

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the sharks start to circle again for the signature of Jay Rodriguez.

There are now just four days to go until the January transfer window closes at 11pm on the night of Tuesday 31st January.

For most of this month it was all quiet on the western front, until last week when it was reported that Newcastle had made tentative enquiries regarding the striker.

Some rumours suggested it was more than a tentative approach and that a bid of 8 million may well have been made.

Local papers though stated that Burnley had knocked-back the North East club, with Magpies manager, Alan Pardew reportedly happy to now focus on higher priorities with a view to making a bid for the striker in the summer.

There was though a worrying suggestion that Newcastle would enter the fray again should other clubs come in for him before the January window closed.

Clarets fans will not be happy to hear this morning therefore that further Premier League clubs have indeed apparantly now entered the race to sign the 22 year old.

Media speculation in the Daily Star suggests that Newcastle's North East rivals, Sunderland are also eyeing the striker.

The Black Cats are in the market for a striker having also been linked with Bolton`s more experienced Kevin Davies. Martin O'Neill however is thought to believe Rodriguez is the more exciting prospect. Talking of Bolton, the paper also suggests Owen Coyle is closely watching his former striker along with Everton.

It looks like Clarets fans hoping for a quiet ride over Rodriguez will now face an anxious few days before the window closes on Tuesday night.

Personally I think it would be a disaster to lose Rodriguez at this stage with the club still having a strong chance of promotion this season. We know though that Burnley, in debt with all the Premier League money it seems frittered away, will bite off the hand of any club coming in with a decent offer.

What though is a decent offer? The Daily Star suggests that Barry Kilby has slapped a 5 million valuation on the locally born striker. In the summer though it was reported that a 5 million bid from Southampton had been turned down so how do you put a figure on the head of such a talented prospect with still 17 months of his contract remaining?

We must surely hold out for at least 8-10 million. The Black Cats forked out 8 million for Ipswich hotshot, Connor Wickham so surely Jay Rodriguez is also in the same bracket? It is not just the money though but the timing of the loss. If he left the club with so few days of the transfer window remaining, would we have time to find a replacement of the same quality? Have we been clever and been looking at contingencies anyway? You would have to hope so just in case.

With Sam Vokes back at Wolves and reportedly watching Brighton in the FA Cup on Saturday, that's one loan option that no longer looks a possibility. Yes we have Josh McQuoid now on loan from Millwall but the striker-cum-winger seems to be covering for our two injured players Martin Paterson and Junior Stanislas at the moment.

Until Pato returns hopefully in a couple of weeks our striking options could be limited if we also lose Rodriguez. Charlie Austin would be carrying most of the weight on his shoulders. Danny Ings is not being fast tracked into the first team, so that would leave two strikers who have not exactly set the world alight this season, Zavon Hines and Alex MacDonald. The former has been dropping down the pecking order and the latter is reportedly going out on loan to Rochdale to join his team mate, Kevin Long.

Yes, we could probably muddle along but we run the risk of dropping points if our strikeforce is weakened. Let's just hope we can hold on to Jay Rod until all hell breaks loose again in the summer.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 29 2012

Time: 9:06AM

Your Comments

You just knew this was going to happen, didn't you? How many honestly think Rodriguez will still be a Burnley player on 1st Feb? I just hope the club has the balls to turn all offers down until the summer
turfmanphil
Oh by the way,he better not go to Bolton!! Grrrrrrrr
turfmanphil
Surely the Board have the sense to refuse to negotiate any offer until the summer. If we get into the play-offs or even get promotion his value should increase, if we miss out his value should stay the same. To sell him now makes no sense at all.
cornwallclaret
Totally, totally agree CC!!
turfmanphil
Also totally agree with you CC, but this is Barry 'quick cash' Kilby we are talking about!!
YorkshireClaret
I wonder though with Hoos now doing the negotiations whether he will take a more positive stance? Also guess it depends how much he is free to make decisions without BK/BF having some say in the matter
turfmanphil
He has to be worth 10 million at this stage of the transfer window, any team desperate for a striker will have to pay the desperate money. If Fletcher was worth 7 Million when we were relegated and has gone on to do well, then I rate Jay batter than Fletcher and so would slap a 10 Millionor don't even bother asking price tag on him. Plus I do not want him to leave in this window unless it was 10million!
VinRogue
There is now a poll on the site where you can vote on how much you think Jay Rod is worth. I went for 8 million since he is at least worth that if Connor Wickham went to the Stadium of Light for the same amount. Have to agree with VR though we should push them up to 10 million and really cash in for once.
turfmanphil
Bolton don't have a 5 and Jay will look at the personnel stuff for his family so that wont happen, have to say I cant see Flood and Kilby sanctioning a deal this week for Jay, whilst their commercial approach has to been considered nuts by some of us, I don't think they will renage on there previous articulation that they are looking to keep this squad together for Eddies sake, best thing I have seen this season is Brendan Flood going onto twitter, it makes him Human after all, actually quite like him now, in fact will go further and ay he's good fun and underneath it all he is as bigger fan as any of us, I think he has intimated that there wont be much movement until the end of the season, really hope that's the case or his twitter acount could find out what the word meltdown means !!
hollinsclaret
Interesting what you say about BF and yes, I have been following his Twitter account too! Difficult to know how much 'hands on' he has in the transfer dealings now. Lee Hoos looks to be doing all the leg work on this now and he remains a bit of an enigma until we get to know him and what he stands for
turfmanphil
You echo my thinking VR. 10 million min. Desperate people pay desperate money. No, lets make it 15 milion, we want to keep him.
cornwallclaret
I have submitted an article about Lee Hoos to the next WTBM. Lee previewed it and offered a response, which also got submitted to WTBM. It should be out soon? It may even be out already? Lee grew up in Maryland, where I lived for 12 years. So we support the same baseball team, and boy does he have a good story to tell about one of the all-time great baseball players who played for the team when I was there. Yes, that's been submitted to WTBM too. The WTBM article that Lee previewed echoed the official Bfcwww statement that Lee would implement Board policy. My reading of that is that there's no way he'd have power to sell JayRod without full Board consultation. I could be wrong, but I'd be very, very surprised. My bottom-line analysis is that Lee has rather more experience at player negotiation than Fletch had, or than Brendan has; and he can concentrate on it full-time, not in the space allowed by the day job. This probably leaves Brendan more of his Burnley time for working on development projects... and even for Twittering (heaven help us :-)) Given this, Fletch's main strength of stadium redevelopment, became a bit unnecessary. Obviously that's all a bit cold, and I miss Fletch. But the business logic seems very sound. I would add that it's great that Hollins likes Brendan's Twitter (heaven help us). I found Brendan warm and approachable when we spoke at last year's Clarets Trust Real Ale Festival. Ditto John B, albeit they are different kinda guys. I have invited Lee along this year. Is there going to be one? If there is, just give us a bit of space to talk baseball, okay?
Couch Potato
The Trust have had/will be having meetings with Lee and we are looking at a 2012 Beer Festival so watch this space!
turfmanphil
Em wonder if Lee could tell the Board he AINT selling Jay Rod? lol ;-)
turfmanphil
I know its dangerous to say it, but I believe we can expect to see Jay Rodriguez in a Burnley shirt for the remainder of the season. Sunderland and Newcastle both have very strong forward lines and have made no suggestion that they will be making a bid. Newcastle have accepted that we have asked them to stay away and Sunderland have had no interest at all to my knowledge. Any other clubs circling dont seem to have any real need to fork out the large fee that we have been put on him. With Everton in talks with Jelavic and Southampton signing Sharp. I may be wrong as things can happen very suddenly in football but I just cannot see a club that will pay the likes of the 8-10 million mark at the last minute. Its a bloody lot of money for any team to pay for a Championship player. In addition to all of this, Jay seems to be more than happy at the club, enjoying his football and doing well. Moving at this stage could actually be potentially damaging for his career, and Im sure there will be many people advising him to stay put as well. Never the less, It will still be a relief if we have kept him and the rest of our players come 11pm tomorrow evening.
AdamBurnleyFan
Agree with that Adam, I just hope that this thread does not find its way to the top of the Vital Board today.
VinRogue
 

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