Young Clarets forward heading to St Mary’s.
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Southampton have begun preparations for their return Premier League by breaking their transfer record to sign the Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the south coast several times in the past and the Saints reportedly failed with bids last summer and in January. However, the Southampton manager, Nigel Adkins, has been successful this time and Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal at St Mary’s.
The fee has not been officially disclosed but is understood to be worth £6m, which breaks Southampton’s long-standing transfer record, set when they signed Rory Delap from Derby for £4m in 2001.
Burnley born youngster Jay Rodriguez has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor for some time but the striker has now completed a move away from the club he has represented since the age of 11.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins clearly felt the need to boost his attacking options despite the fact that his Saints side managed a 85 goals in the Championship last term, the highest total in the division. One wonders where all his attacking talent will fit into his first team picture.
Rickie Lambert knocked in 31 goals in all competitions last term so must surely be a certainty for a regular first team berth. Billy Sharp was signed in January and managed a very healthy eight goals in eleven starts, then there’s the experienced Irish international David Connolly and Lee Barnard to consider.
Rodriguez netted 21 goals last term and 15 the season before as he slowly came of age prior to what may well be a very crucial move for the speedy instinctive finisher.