Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Striker could be reunited with former manager Mauricio Pochettino
Rodriguez, 25, has not played since he ruptured his cruciate ligaments in April and is not expected to be fit again until October. A favourite of new manager Mauricio Pochettino, the former Southampton manager, whose Spurs side lost 3-0 to Liverpool today, Rodriguez has been a long-term target of Spurs who will try to make some changes to their squad on the last day of the window.
Southampton have so far refused any offers for the player having lost so many of their team over the summer. However, the versatile attacker, who won his first England cap against Chile in November, has less than two years left on his existing deal and is unlikely to sign another. Spurs feel that there could be greater competition to sign him the closer he gets to the end of his Southampton contract and are prepared to take him now, despite the injury.
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As for Townsend, the club have been prepared to let him go all summer if the right deal comes along. Recalled to Roy Hodgson’s England squad last week, Townsend lost the ball to Alberto Moreno soon after coming on as substitute, and the Spanish left-back scored Liverpool’s third goal in today’s defeat.
Afterwards, Pochettino said that there had been no developments in Spurs attempts to sign another Southampton player, Morgan Schneiderlin. The club are likely to consider offers for a whole range of players including the Brazilian midfielder Sandro and Roberto Soldado.
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