Burnley made a £25m bid for West Bromwich Albion‘s duo of Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson, however, the Baggies have turned down their offer and insist that they want in excess of £18m for Jay Rodriguez. The Clarets had a high flying season as they finished seventh and therefore qualified for the Europa League and Sean Dyche is looking to add more stability and depth to his squad.
Rodriguez was a regular in his side last term as they failed to avoid the drop and finished at the bottom of the table. With the team going down to the Championship, it is certain that the Baggies will lose some of their key players who will want play in the top division. Jonny Evans has already joined Leicester City and Darren Moore should prepare himself for other departures as well.
Rodriguez managed 11 goals last season in all competitions and looked like the only attacking threat for his side. He started his footballing career with the Clarets and was with them from 2007 to 2012. He managed 41 goals for them before he moved to the Premier League and joined Southampton, after impressive displays in the Championship.
The 28-year-old has been around the blocks for quite some time now and has even made it to England’s national squad. He won his first and only cap against Chile at Wembley in 2013. However, since then, he has fallen way down the pecking order.
Burnley will have extra fixtures to contend with in the upcoming season as they will be playing in the European competition and their squad depth will certainly be tested. They currently have the likes of Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Sam Vokes who can start up front. Vokes is currently being linked with a move to Watford and Sean Dyche will certainly look for a striker in the transfer market.
Rodriguez is a hard-working striker and will certainly fit into Dyche’s system well. The gaffer has often used the formula of playing two strikers up front together and Rodriguez can play the role of a secondary striker to perfection. West Brom are being a tough nut to crack as they are demanding in excess of £18m for a 28-year-old. However, in today’s day and age, it is the norm for someone who has a good amount of experience in the Premier League.
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