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    gaz1976 wrote:
    StevieSteve wrote:
    gaz1976 wrote:
    rickie an billy have got there chance to make it at the top . lee ,guly as back up why do we need another championship player who looked poor against us so what makes anyone think he can do it against the top defenders. would have given the strikers till January before bringing in another . midfield an full backs needed more .
    100% agree! 7mil for a player that hasn't been on form and is in the last year of his contract seems a lot! Is he better than what we've got upfront??

    I'm not excited with this signing at all. I'd prefer an unknown foreigner worth half the money! We could get a crackin defender for 7 mil or even a midfielder. I'm worried we can't attract 1st class players!
    my thoughts exactly were premier league we should be bringing in a few top level players not championship ones just to improve ares that need it we have the strikers , was not to happy with the fox an cork signings last year and neither of those were great players. an before i get abuse for that cork passes the ball to the opposition more than to his own team an fox great going forward lacking in defensive skill an so annoying that he cant learn to use his right foot instead of always passing backwards
    You're right we can't attract established 1st class players. We know we are good enough to stay up but why should all these "1st class players" that we should be buying think that? The bookies have us second favourites for the drop. We aren't the big boys in this league. In league 1 we bought the best striker in the league because we could. The equivalent in this league is RVP! We need players who want and need to prove themselves at the top level and that NA and NC think can do it and do it in the Southampton way. IF we buy Rodriguez then it will be because they think he is right. I trust them."
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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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