Mauricio Pochettino eyeing January move for Jay Rodriguez

Rodriguez suffered cruciate ligament injury against Man City last season (©GettyImages)

Mauricio Pochettino will look to raid former club Southampton in January for striker Jay Rodriguez, according to The Telegraph.

Rodriguez was one of Tottenham's main targets in the summer, alongside another Saints player Morgan Schneiderlin, but fears over his recovery from his cruciate ligament injury put the North London club off.

However, with the England striker returning to fitness and their own strikers continuing to misfire, Tottenham seem set to make another move for Pochettino's former player.

Goal scoring problems

The striker, signed for £7million from Burnley in 2012, scored 15 goals in 33 last season and would solve a critical area of the pitch for Spurs. Roberto Soldado has failed to transfer his goal-scoring success in Spain to the Premier League, while Emmanuel Adebayor is having one of his underwhelming spells. It would be no surprise if both were to leave White Hart Lane in the near future, especially if Harry Kane continues his progression.

The England Under-21 international has been one of the few shining lights for Tottenham this season but there are doubts he is ready to lead the line at the highest stage. Rodriguez showed last season he can, and with Kane providing the 'Rickie Lambert' foil to Rodriguez, there is plenty of potential for something special.

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It would be no surprise if Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy requires his manager to raise the funds for Rodriguez through outgoings but with Southampton interested in England winger Andros Townsend, a player-plus-cash deal could be on the cards.

The likes of Aaron Lennon, Paulinho and the two strikers could also provide funds, if Levy is willing to take a loss on some of his costlier mistakes. What is not in doubt is that if Spurs want to compete for the Champions League spots they need to back their manager, and back him in the transfer market.

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