West Bromwich Albion are close to finding a solution for their goal-shy attack with the capture of Southampton‘s Jay Rodriguez. The two clubs are in talks about the former England striker over a £12m move to the Hawthorns, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Rodriguez has been told he can leave St Mary’s as Southampton overhaul their squad, and Albion manager Tony Pulis, is keen to finally land a player he coveted in the last two transfer windows.
The former Burnley striker moved to the south coast in 2012, scoring 26 goals in 73 appearances during his first two seasons with the Saints. While others were more prolific, Rodriguez’s all-round play earned him a call-up to the national squad and he won his first England cap on 15th November 2013 against Chile.
Things turned sour shortly after. In April 2014, he ruptured an anterior knee ligament and missed eleven months, missing out on the Brazil 2014 World Cup and the whole of the 2014/15 season.
His competitive return came in August 2015 against Vitesse Arnhem but with Graziano Pelle finding the form of his life, a regular place in the first-team starting line-up became hard to nail down. Since then, he has made 50 appearances, scoring 9 times.
The Baggies aren’t the only club interested in his services. Newly-promoted Newcastle United are rumoured to be awaiting the outcome of these talks and may prove stiff competition for the West Midlands side.