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Per a tweet from John Percy, Jay Rodriguez is on the verge of leaving West Brom for Burnley this summer.
#wba striker Jay Rodriguez is on the brink of rejoining #BurnleyFC in a deal worth up to £10m. Burnley triggered his release clause – £5m up front with £5m guaranteed 12 months later – over the weekend
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 8, 2019
During the current transfer window they’ve already lost Craig Dawson to Watford but another of their most important players is now on the verge of departing.
Telegraph journalist Percy has laid claims that Rodriguez is on the brink of leaving the Hawthorns to return to Burnley.
He says that the Clarets have met his £10m release clause, paying £5m of that upfront.
Earlier this year, Bournemouth had also shown an interest in the 22-goal striker.
After matters at the club had looked on the up following the appointment of Slaven Bilic, the news that Rodriguez is set to walk through the exit door will be a huge blow.
However, there should be greater concerns with Luke Dowling.
Only last month he hinted to Express & Star that he thought the forward might actually stay with Albion.
He commented: “He’s not indicated to us that he’s in a rush to move. There’s always going to be speculation, but he was in Monday with a smile on his face, the normal Jay that we know.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was here on August 9.”
The fact that Rodriguez had a release clause was always going to mean it would be difficult to hold onto him, but considering he’s now likely to be on the move it is rather surprising given Dowling’s recent comments.
He seemed to have full faith in the fact he’d stay with the club and as a result he will now surely have questions to field.
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This isn’t the first time he’s been wrong, however.
16-year-old Louie Barry departed the club last week after turning down a new contract despite Dowling having the confidence that he’d stay in the Midlands.
Both exits are concerning, not least for the fact that Barry is yet another academy player to bite the dust.
But the fact of the matter is that it’ll be incredibly difficult to trust what Dowling says going forward. After getting things wrong regarding Rodriguez, he may be better off staying quiet.