Championship promotion hopefuls West Brom are preparing to be on the receiving end of Premier League bids for their joint-top scorer Jay Rodriguez.
The Birmingham Mail provided a transfer update for West Brom supporters as the January transfer window nears. In the update, they said that The Baggies are bracing themselves for bids from Premier League clubs for striker Jay Rodriguez.
Rodriguez’s former club Burnley were heavily interested in the striker in the summer, offering him a route into the Premier League after suffering relegation with West Brom in the 2017/18 season. However, the former England striker’s move back to his boyhood club failed materialise and he instead stayed at The Hawthorns.
Rodriguez signed a professional contract with Burnley at the end of the 2006/07 campaign after progressing through the academy. He went on to spend five years at Turf Moor, enjoying the 2010/11 and 2011/12 Championship campaigns the most. Rodriguez scored 15 goals and 21 goals respectively, and was the subject of significant Premier League interest in the summer of 2012/. He went on to join Southampton, where he spent a further five years, but suffered multiple injury problems.
So far this season, Rodriguez has been enjoying his time in the second tier. After 21 games, The Baggies sit in 5th place and well in the promotion dogfight. West Brom have been an attacking force throughout the first half of the campaign, with Rodriguez and Gayle picking up 10 goals each and 20 between them – almost half of West Brom’s 44 goal tally in the Championship so far.
It is believed that if Baggies manager Darren Moore is looking to bring in another striker in the January window, and will have to bring in one more if they lose Rodriguez to Burnley.
However, they will not be letting the 29-year-old leave on the cheap, with him being a major part of Moore’s plans as West Brom try to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.