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    Confucious wrote:
    Clearly some disagreement on here about this prospective signing, but my view on the matter is crystal clear.

    If Jay flops then gambling this extortionate amount of money on a non Prem player is a disgrace and a slap in the face for fans struggling to meet the new higher rip-off ticket prices. Adkins and Cortese should apologise and depart.

    If Jay is a roaring success, then this wise investment in a budding talent, before he matures and becomes completely unaffordable, should be applauded - and Saints ticket prices hailed as the greatest bargain in world football.
    Nice one, Confucious! Half of the correspondents will have to eat their words and the other half will smugly say 'I told you so'.

    You can't please all of the people all of the time. 20-20 hindsight is a wonderful gift.

    In NC and NA we trust.

    COYR"
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Saints wait for J-Rod to jet in

Saints wait for J-Rod to jet in

Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez

First published in Sport

SAINTS are hoping to complete the signing of Jay Rodriguez when the Burnley striker returns from holiday in Mexico.

A deal, thought to be worth about £7m, has been agreed between the clubs for the 22-year-old, who is due back in England next week.

The fee would smash Saints’ previous transfer record of £4m, which they paid for Rory Delap in 2001.

Rodriguez’s representatives are understood to be discussing personal terms with Saints in his absence, with the hope being that the player will be able to undergo a medical and finalise a switch immediately on his return.

Some reports yesterday suggested that midfielder Richard Chaplow was being used as a makeweight in the move.

However, it is thought that the Rodriguez transfer is simply a straight cash deal and there are no plans for Chaplow to leave St Mary’s at the moment.

The 27-year-old has also clearly stated his desire to remain at the club.

Writing on his Twitter page, Chaplow – who started his career at Turf Moor – said: “A lot of RUMOURS flying around on my future, I am still a saints player and it's somewhere I want to stay 4 a long time!”

has been chased by a number of clubs since breaking spectacularly into the first team at Turf Moor.

But the forward has not wanted to leave his boyhood side unless it is for Premier League football.

Rodriguez is understood to be impressed by the ambition shown by Saints, who won promotion back into the top flight last season.

And, while terms are still to be agreed, it appears as though that could be a cruc i a l aspect i n persuading him to leave his home town.

Saints attempted to sign Rodriguez last year, but were met with unwavering resistance from Burnley, while the player himself indicated he was not ready to move at that time.

However, with just one season left to run on his contract, the Clarets have been resigned to cashing in on him this summer.

The Championship side had valued the player at £8m, but the soundings have always been that they would be prepared to accept something in excess of £6m.

Rodriguez, who has one England Under-21 cap to his name, scored 21 goals last season. The year before that, in what was effectively his first full campaign, he bagged 15.

Should he move to Saints, he will be reunited with former teammate Danny Fox, with the left back having joined from Burnley last summer.

Rodriguez also played with midfielder Jack Cork, when he was on loan at Turf Moor in 2010/11.

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