Southampton in transfer battle for Jack Rodwell

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Southampton have reportedly entered the race to sign Manchester City outcast Jack Rodwell in a £9million deal.

The Daily Star reports that Saints boss Ronald Koeman is interested in helping to revive the career of Rodwell, who has three England caps to his name.

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With Napoli also in the running for his signature, it is unclear at this stage which club would be more appealing for Rodwell at this point of his career.

Point to prove

The 23-year-old definitely has a point to prove, especially to City, after spending a large amount of time on the injury table.

Now he is fit though, it seems he does not feature in manager Manuel Pellegrini's plan for the coming season and would be happy with a move away from the Premier League Champions.

With a move, he is guaranteed the chance to prove that City were right to bring him to the club in the first place, and also that he has put his injury worries behind him and is ready to push-on and maybe even reclaim an England place.

Abroad or England?

The question now lies with Rodwell, does he want to stake his claim for an England place in the same country, where he will have a spotlight over his form after his failure at Manchester City.

With Southampton, Rodwell would have a manager in Koeman who is renowned for developing young talent, in a team that is not under as much pressure to perform so well next season due to the departures this summer.

A move abroad though may also appeal to Rodwell, who could move away and out of the media spotlight until he regains the form that earned him a City deal in the first place.

Benitez aware

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez would have been aware of Rodwell during his time as Liverpool manager and is seemingly hoping that the lure of moving to Italy will be a big factor to the Rodwell camp.

Whoever snares the Rodwell deal might just reap the benefits from the reinvigorated midfielder next season.

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