Three reasons Newcastle United should take a punt on Jay Rodriguez

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Newcastle United are said to be eyeing a summer move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez following their return to the Premier League.

The Magpies promotion from the Championship was confirmed on Monday night when they beat Preston North End 4-1 at St James’ Park, and manager Rafa Benitez is already looking at the players he could bring to the club at the end of the season.

One of those individuals is said to be Rodriguez, who has been finding first team starts hard to come by under Saints boss Claude Puel as he struggles to recapture the form he showed before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014.

The Toon Army’s new top flight rivals West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace have also registered an interest in the 27-year-old who looks increasingly likely to leave St Mary’s.

Here are three reasons Newcastle should take a punt on Rodriguez…