By Harvey Byrne
Premier League club West Brom have made an opening £12million offer for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, who is also being eyed by Newcastle, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that the Saints want around £15million for the 27-year-old forward.
However, the Baggies are looking to reach a compromise with their eight-figure offer for a player who has long been on Tony Pulis’ radar.
Newly promoted Newcastle alongside Burnley are also said to have made an enquiry for Rodriguez.
But, it is detailed that the one-time capped England International is keen to link up with Pulis, who has shown his desire to capture him in the last two windows.
Rodriguez is still contracted to Southampton until the summer of 2019, but after starting just nine Premier League matches for the club under previous manager Claude Puel he may be seeking new pastures.
Newcastle, meanwhile will be looking to build a team who can help them keep within the English top-flight in the next campaign and they may look at the Saints front man, who managed five league goals last season as the man who can help them do so.
Football Insider verdict:
£15million is certainly a lot of money for a player, who still hasn’t regained his previous form after suffering a anterior cruciate ligament in 2014, while he often still suffers from setbacks. Therefore, Newcastle may be best swerving away from any race for Rodriguez’ signature and may be better suited looking elsewhere. Additionally the striker has scored just five Premier League goals since 2014 and the Magpies need someone more proven and who they know can score on a consistent basis in the Premier League.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies will complete their second summer signing by the end of this week.