Transfer Bin: Jay Rodriguez linked with Manchester City switch

Jay Rodriguez

Southampton forward has been linked with an unlikely move to Manchester City.

The Sun are at the root of our latest Transfer Bin piece with the suggestion that Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez could be a target for Manchester City.

The England international has been out of action since he suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of England’s World Cup plans but that hasn’t stopped persistent rumours from circulating surrounding his future.

The forward was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, which brings us to the first thing wrong with this latest link to City.

The Saints made it abundantly clear that the striker would not be going anywhere when Tottenham were fully prepared to pay a good price to try and get the deal done.

In short, had the Saints been serious about selling him, he’d already be playing in North London.

You also have to look at the practical theory behind a move to the Etihad Stadium.

City already have three top class strikers in the form of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic.

It’s extremely doubtful whether Rodriguez would have enough time after injury, to convince Manuel Pellegrini that he’d done enough in the Premier League this season to replace any of those players in the City attack.

City do operate with a system which is based around using two strikers up front but it’s arguable that Rodriguez would initially be confined to appearances in domestic cup competitions, should City be thriving on all fronts in the New Year.

That’s taking nothing away from City as a club, possibly the biggest in England at the moment, but it would be a huge dip for a striker who was in line for a World Cup place before injury.

Rubbish Rating: Rodriguez certainly doesn’t seem like the type of individual who would turn his back on a club that stood by him when a side were dangling a huge offer in front of them while he was injured. Be confident it won’t happen if you’re a Saints fan.

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