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    Strasbourg Saint wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    Confucious wrote:
    Strasbourg Saint wrote:
    St Graz wrote: Great signing, welcome to the Pride of the South Jay! Euros? - I Love England but I'm afraid to say to the Denmark/Greece narrative straw clutchers that we'll get our ar5es handed to us tonight - hope I'm wrong!
    So do I! I'll be watching it in a pub with some English and some French mates. Alas, whilst hope springs eternal (something to do with the higher the fewer, I believe), it has the nasty habit of falling to earth like a lead balloon whenever England kick a football in anger. So, more important than the question as to whether England have a chance, is who else will Saints sign this month and where will the other French friendly take place? I guess the options are: 1a) a box-to-box midfield general b) 2 classy centre-backs. c) a top-draw goalie and/or d) a nippy wideman or two. 2a) Strasbourg b) Strasbourg or c) Strasbourg
    Don't get your hopes up Stras. Nigel won't the team rushing about in a cloud of garlic breath and I know for a fact the players aren't at all keen on women with moustaches.
    Moustaches? Take that back, sir. It is an undisputed fact* that all French women look like either Audrey Tatou or Juliette Binoche and they spend all their time smoking, drinking black coffee and having affairs. They're brilliant.

    *In my head.
    Strange. The French say it's Portuguese women that are moustachioed. My experience suggests otherwise.

    Anyway, I have to agree with you here Retford, if there's one redeeming feature of this place, it's the women. Alas, it always seems to be their ugly sister who I get to teach.
    I went out with a young lady once - Mum french, Dad from....brrrr...Pomp
    She was extremely untroubled by Immac shall we say. Could this be as a result of French DNA, skunt female hygiene or some terrible hybrid?"
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Saints complete Rodriguez signing

Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS have completed the £7m signing of Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year-deal at St Mary's.

The fee smashes Saints' previous record transfer, when they paid £4m to Derby for midfielder Rory Delap in 2001.

Southampton's bid for the player was accepted last month, but they had to wait for him to return from a holiday in Mexico before completing the deal.

Rodriguez landed back in England on Thursday and traveled south for talks, before passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

The highly-rated forward came through the ranks at Turf Moor and, in the last two years, had blossomed into one of the Championship's most sought-after strikers.

During the most recent campaign, he scored 21 times for the Clarets, while he netted 15 goals in the previous season.

The signing ends Saints manager Nigel Adkins' year-long pursuit of the player.

The club tried to prise Rodriguez away from Burnley last summer, but their approaches were resisted by the Turf Moor board.

However, the situation changed during this off-season, with the front man about to enter the final year of his contract.

That led Burnley to agree to cash in on the player.

Rodriguez told Saints' official website: "As an outsider, you look at the club from where it started, and the drive they have to move up the leagues in quick succession is amazing.

"The sky is the limit. You see how good the players are at the club. They want to push on even higher, and carry on the way they're going."

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