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Rumour Mill-Jay Rod on a Jol'y?

It is inevitable that Jay Rodriguez continues to attract attention from Premier League clubs.

Both Newcastle and Sunderland were linked with the 22 year old England Under 21 international in the January window but thankfully he remained on our books.

Rodriguez is our top goal scorer this season with 17 goals so far in all competitions. It is no wonder therefore that other clubs are beginning to take note.

Media reports in the Sunday papers this morning suggest that Premier League club, Fulham could be the latest to become interested in signing the striker in the summer.

By all accounts, Martin Jol's scouts have been looking at the striker and reporting back favourably.

It looks like it will be an uphill battle to keep Rodriguez at the club in the summer but then it was a surprise to many that he was not transferred in the January window.

The only firm bid we know about was Southampton. They failed with their attempt to sign him for 5 million at the start of the season and Burnley are bound to be looking in the region of 6-10 million before they would consider letting him depart Turf Moor once the summer transfer window opens.

Probably our best hope of keeping the locally Burnley-born star at the club would be to ensure we get promotion to the Premier League which is now increasingly looking like a tall order.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 12 2012

Time: 6:26PM

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We have to hope we get a decent price for him should he go and that any deal takes place sooner rather than later allowing the club time to find a replacement using the money towards a player of equal quality. Jay Rod, being locally born is probably not jumping at the bit to leave but I guess ambition will kick in at some point should we fail to get promotion.
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12/02/2012 18:34:00

You have to face the fact that he will be gone in the summer as the club needs the money. It's a shame, but that's life. We are not going to be get promotion this year, as we are just not ready for it yet.
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12/02/2012 21:32:00

The big question is why we are not ready for it! We should be!
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12/02/2012 21:38:00

I wonder how many clubs we can name outside the Prem League that tmps' above question could be asked of? I will start with a few.....Bradford, Barnsley, Charlton, Reading, Midlesborough, Leeds, Derby, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Watford, Portsmouth, Notts Forest, Sheff Wed, Sheff Utd, Hull, Birmingham, West Ham, Southampton and Blackpool. Some of these bet the ranch and failed and others are just like us...."juggling soot in an attempt to balance all the balls and achieve promotion". "Note to self! Lazy journalism is something I am going to investigate."
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13/02/2012 08:13:00

It is inevitable that any talented footballer playing for a Championship club will attract the interest of Premier clubs. It is also inevitable that these talented players will wish to pursue their careers to the highest level and glean the ensuing rewards. All that we and other Championship clubs can do is to demonstrate ambition, reward such players as well as we can and establish a loyalty bond between the club, the manager and the player. Then just sit back and hope.
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13/02/2012 08:42:00

The word 'ambition' is relative and depends on your opinion as to whether you think a club could do more. I happen to thinks ours could and it will be interesting to see what a new regime will decide to do in the new season ahead!
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13/02/2012 09:00:00

Interesting list that VR, virtually all those teams you mention have been in the top flight more than one season since the time the Premier League was formed. Some indeed have overstretched themselves financially in the top flight and have suffered the consequences usually going for silverware rather than survival but really the only one to really suffer in your list is Bradfordl. How many of the current Championship clubs you mention will be above us come the end of the season? There is a strong chance the top six could comprise of West Ham, Southampton, Birminham, Middlesbrough, Cardiff (you missed them) and Reading. Blackpool,Hull and Leicester may not be too far behind either
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13/02/2012 13:04:00

Have Cardiff been in the PL? I am struggling to recall the details. Also, does a change in Chairman without a change in shareholdings constitute a new regime? I would expect we will see a lot of continuity and some change too, but be arguing for years about which is which! Finally, didn't either Paul Jewell confirm he'd offered 3million for Jay Rod, or Burnley confirm that he had? I think perhaps this was discussed on ClaretsPLayer before a kick off.
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13/02/2012 14:44:00

I only mention Cardiff because despite their financial predicament over the years they have consistently been in the Top 6 or pushing for it. It would certainly be interesting to see what Cardiff would do if promoted re player spending. Many Clarets fans believe there has been some sort of power struggle going on at Board level for sometime. despite the sad circumstances surrounding Barry stepping down, it was widely expected he would be doing so sooner rather than later, with Flood, John B and now Lee Hoos it seems all jockeying for position as major shareholders. We have yet to find out who will be Chairman and who knows we may yet see an outsider come up on the rails. Whatever happens though, I can't help feeling we will be having a different sort of roller coaster ride over the next few seasons. Not sure about Jewell would have to check back but clearly we would not accept 3 m after 5m rejected
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13/02/2012 15:03:00

Can you shed further light on 'and now Lee Hoos it seems'? I was spaeking with a Claret on the trudge back from St Mary's who holds the view that we should not rukle out one of the smaller-shareholding directors becoming Chairman. He expressed the view that we need to remember the differences between 'chairman', 'owner' and 'majority shareholder'.
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13/02/2012 16:10:00

Don't really want to get into the world of semantics suffice it to say I think all the directors on the board and the CEO could be in with a chance of becoming Chairman. Suspect though that BF and John B are likely to be the front runners although the former does have a court case to worry about that could affect his chances.
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13/02/2012 16:18:00

Whilst being kind of resigned to losing Rodriguez there are ways of lessening the pain and that involves getting enough money, early enough to find a replacement-a replacement of at least comparable quality that can hit the ground (and the back of the net)running!! So often in the past we have done deals late in the day and been unable to use the money to find a replacement. Not all the money has gone towards new players either and that's the bit that annoys me the most.
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13/02/2012 22:05:00

Mail today (Tue 14th Feb); 'Fulham want Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez, 22, who is expected to be sold in the summer if Burnley fail to secure promotion.He was the subject of a 4m bid from Southampton last year and has also interested Newcastle, Bolton and Everton. '
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14/02/2012 08:57:00

Thought we had been offered 5 million to be honest and that Sunderland were also interested.
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14/02/2012 08:58:00


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