Date:Monday June 11 2012
Jay Rodriguez is now a Saint after making a record-breaking move from Burnley to Southampton on Sunday. Southampton have therefore beaten off some late attempts by Everton, Aston Villa and Sunderland to steal him from under their noses.
The 22-year-old has secured a four-year contract at the newly promoted Premier League club. Media reports on the transfer fee vary but it is record for both clubs and is thought to be in the region of £7 million.
Speaking about the move Rodriguez said:
'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now and it's done. I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.
"This is a great club, a massive club and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of and it's really exciting.'
Rodriguez now joins his former teammates at St Marys with both Jack Cork and Danny Fox at the club.
Saints gaffer, Nigel Adkins has made Jay Rod his first summer sigtning and he said after completing the deal:
'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer.
"He is an excellent forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.
"His characteristics are what we have been looking for.'
Meanwhile Burnley have made a club statement:
'Burnley Football Club has a renowned tradition of producing talented young players, who have come through our youth system over many years.
"Jay Rodriguez started his career with Burnley at a very young age and, throughout his time here, he has been a great player and excellent ambassador for the football club.
"However, ambitious and talented young footballers want to play in the Premier League and we wish Jay every success in his career."
So the long saga comes to an end, leaving Burnley £7 million better off with plenty of time to rebuild the squad with that money in the summer days remaining.
Burnley fans have long been resigned to losing our locally born talent but it still seems to leave a sad,bitter taste in the mouth. Oh well onwards and upwards!
Date:Monday June 11 2012
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