Three reasons Newcastle must win the race to sign Jay Rodriguez

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Southampton over a £12m deal to sign Jay Rodriguez, with Newcastle United also said to be keen on the striker.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in a new attacker this summer to take some of the pressure off of last season’s top goalscorer Dwight Gayle, and with the futures of both Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic in doubt.

The Tyneside outfit have registered their interest in Rodriguez, who the Daily Telegraph say has been told he can leave the south coast outfit this summer despite the fact that the club is yet to appoint Claude Puel’s successor.

With the Baggies already said to have entered into discussions with Saints for the 27-year-old, meaning the Magpies may have to act quickly if they want to bring the England international to St James’ Park.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must win the race to sign Rodriguez…