Tottenham Hotspur are desperate to beat Liverpool and Manchester City to the signing of Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez and will move quickly this summer to make the deal happen, according to the Daily Mail.
Rodriguez has shone on the South Coast this season, proving his worth as a versatile Premier League forward with 15 goals in 33 matches before having his campaign curtailed by a cruel anterior cruciate injury.
The 24-year-old's chances of representing England at the World Cup have been ended by that injury blow, which required surgery earlier this week, but if the prognosis is positive for a full recovery Spurs will be the first club to launch an offer for the Saints star.
Manchester City and Liverpool are also monitoring his recovery quickly, while Arsenal are long-term admirers of the former Burnley striker, but Spurs are leading the race for his signature at this stage and will force through a move if they can to beat off stiff competition for the striker's signature.
Saints are facing a fierce fight to keep all of their best young players this summer, with Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana also on the radar of leading Premier League clubs, but may be spared losing Rodriguez by his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Rodriguez is expected to be out for at least six months, which would make forcing through a medical before the summer transfer window closes a risky proposition for any of the four top clubs considering a swoop at the end of the season.
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