Rumour Mill-Looks Like Jay to Saints for £7m?
It was almost inevitable that Burnley would lose Jay Rodriguez to a Premier League club in the summer and it now looks likely that that club will be newly promoted Southampton.
The Clarets are reported to have agreed a record breaking £7million fee with Southampton although some reports are suggesting that the figure could be more like £6-£6.5 million.
It would appear that the Saints have won the battle to sign the striker despite interest from a number of top flight teams, including Newcastle, Everton and Fulham. West Ham were also recently linked as were Welsh rivals, Swansea and Championship side,Cardiff; all these clubs were reported to have offered in the region of £5.5 million. Clearly then Southampton have come closest to Burnley's valuation of the player.
Burnley's asking price was thought to be in the region of £8 million .
However it is also reported that personal terms have yet to be agreed which may take a little while to sort out simply because Rodriguez is currently out of the country and has yet to meet with the south coast club's officials.
The Saints have long had an interest in the 22 year old England Under 21 International and it was understood a bid of about £4.5-£5 million was rejected by Burnley last summer. The club will be even more of an attraction now that they have achieved promotion to the top flight and of course Jay Rod could be tempted by a move to the Hampshire coast bearing in mind former team mates Danny Fox and Jack Cork are already at St Marys.
With just a year remaining on his current contract, Burnley appear to have had no option but to cash in on the player in view of the sustained pressure from so many interested parties.
If the rumours are true and they do appear to have a lot of substance then at least the business has been done quickly and the speculation won't continue throughout the summer. It will also give the club sufficient time to use the funds to rebuild the squad ahead of the new season. Hopefully the new Chairs will allow the majority of the £7 million to be given to the manager for new players.