Southampton are reportedly ready to offer injured striker Jay Rodriguez a five-year contract to secure him to the club for the long term.
The south coast outfit are ready to pull out all the stops to keep their man, especially after Tottenham made a summer offer for another of their stars in Morgan Schneiderlin and the Saints hierarchy will be keen to ensure no offer for Rodriguez is to follow.
Nearing a comeback
The news comes with the former Burnley striker nearing a comeback from the anterior cruciate ligament injury which ruined his hopes of a World Cup place last summer.
With the spotlight set to be on the 25-year-old when he does return, the Saints are keen to tie the hitman down to ensure any return to good form does not hinder their chances of keeping him.
Possible England recall
Although England were unable to call on Rodriguez at this summer's World Cup, there is no doubt Roy Hodgson will be keeping an eye on the striker when he has fully recovered.
Southampton will no doubt hope that the striker, who netted 17 times last season, can get back to the form that got forced him into the squad in the first place.
If Ronald Koeman and his back room staff can get the best out of Rodriguez upon his return, it will be like a new signing for the Saints boss and a big one at that. Rodriguez would add an extra-dimension to the squad in their quest for a Champions League place.
With Rodriguez's current deal expiring at the end of the 2015/16 season, the Saints know that they need to get the fans favourite secured on a longer term deal as a priority.
Failure to do so could see him depart the club for a much-reduced fee at the end of this season with only a year to go.
However if he was to be have five years left on his contract, any suitors would be forced to pay big money for their man.
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