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Tottenham should avoid move for Jay Rodriguez

According to the Burnley Express, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion forward Jay Rodriguez ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

What’s the story?

As it stands, Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to make a signing in this summer’s transfer window, which has left many of their supporters frustrated.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has maintained that he will not panic ahead of the closing of the window, but it will be late, late business if something is to occur.

According to the Burnley Express, Tottenham are now considering a move for Baggies forward Rodriguez, who is widely expected to move on ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

A number of clubs have been credited with an interest in Rodriguez – including West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth – and Tottenham could now attempt to bring the versatile attacker to London over the next couple of days.

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Rodriguez played under Pochettino at Southampton between 2013 and 2014, and it is thought that he could be available for £18m.

Should Tottenham move for Rodriguez?

Rodriguez played the full 90 minutes as West Brom suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers in their Championship opener at the weekend.

However, the 29-year-old is widely expected to leave the Baggies to return to the Premier League.

There is no question that Rodriguez has the credentials to operate at the highest level, and he scored a very respectable 11 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season.

The 6ft 1in forward also managed 26 Premier League goals during his time at Southampton, and would certainly boost a bottom-half top-flight club this summer.

A move to Tottenham, however, makes zero sense. The capital outfit are in desperate need of a big signing ahead of the new Premier League campaign as all of their rivals have strengthened.

As it stands, there is once again a huge onus on Harry Kane to score the goals next term, and with the greatest of respects, Rodriguez is not going to strike fear into opposition defences.

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