Manchester City set for Jay Rodriguez swoop

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Not content with spending close to £30million on Swansea's Wilfried Bony, Manchester City are reportedly keen on adding another striking to their star-studded squad.

According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League champions are considering a move for Jay Rodriguez, even though the Southampton man hasn't played since April last year.

Reports suggest City are keen to beat Tottenham and Liverpool to the signing of the 25-year-old, despite Southampton boss Ronald Koeman saying the striker will not return to fitness until February.

Should City attempt to push through a deal for England international, they'll likely have to sell first, with Rodriguez' reported £20m price tag sending City well over their spending limit.

Financial Fair Play restrictions mean, despite their billionaire owners, City are only allowed a net transfer spend of £50m, and although the Bony deal would be offset by Alvaro Negredo's impending £25m move to Valencia, the potential signing of Rodriguez would take City well over their budget.

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The man likely to make way would be Stevan Jovetic, who has yet to shine during a City career blighted by injuries.


Rodriguez joined the Saints in the summer of 2012 as the South Coast club prepared for life back in the Premier League.

However it wasn't until the following season, under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, that the forward really made an impact in the top flight.

His early season performances saw him make his senior England debut in November 2013, and with 15 league goals to his name he looked certain to make Roy Hodgson's 2014 World Cup squad until disaster struck.

Following a run of five goals in four games, Rodriguez lined up against City in confident mood only to suffer a serious knee injury in the first half.

Post match scans revealed he'd ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and Rodriguez hasn't featured since.

City interest

Despite a prolonged injury lay off, City remain keen on Rodriguez, as do Tottenham and Liverpool.

With Bony expected to seal his move to the Etihad Stadium soon, a January move would see Rodriguez become the fifth senior striker at a club who just last month had been forced in to playing James Milner as a make-shift forward.

Should Rodriguez make the move north he'd aid Manuel Pellegrini in his constant fight to boost the number of home grown talents in his multi-cultural squad.

Southampton remain keen to hold on to one of their most talented players, and hope Rodriguez will finally put pen to paper on a lucrative new contract offer.

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