Southampton will ask for either Andros Townsend or Harry Kane to be included in any deal for Jay Rodriguez, should Tottenham Hotspur make a January move for the striker.
England international Rodriguez has not played since April due to a serious knee injury sustained at the Etihad.
The ligament injury ended the former Burnley forward's hopes of playing in the World Cup in Brazil, but has not put an end to the interest from his ex-manager, and current Tottenham head coach, Mauricio Pochettino.
New deal has been offered
The Evening Standard report that Southampton have offered Rodriguez a new five-year contract but there is no sign that Rodriguez will sign. Tottenham are known to be on the look out for a striker, with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor failing to make the grade at White Hart Lane.
However, Southampton are not going to roll over in negotiations and the Daily Mail continues, saying they will ask for England Andros Townsend or England U21 striker Kane.
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Home grown stars a priority
Kane is tipped to have a big future at Spurs and a big favourite with the fans, while Townsend is only 23 and still has time to hone his game.
Both also help Tottenham meet the Premier League's rules on a home grown quota, and are on comparatively low wages compared to their team mates. Southampton have shown interest in both players before but a move for Kane seems highly ambitious. Townsend has not fully convinced under Pochettino though, and the Argentine may be happy to sell the Leytonstone-native if he can sign Rodriguez.
It is unlikely Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will open the chequebook so a January move at this stage, because Rodriguez is still fighting to regain full fitness.. Add in the rarity of player-plus-cash deals in the modern era, and any move for Rodriguez may have to wait until the summer at least.
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