Reports this morning suggested that Southampton were focused on getting key Tottenham Hotspur target Jay Rodriguez committed to a new five-year deal, as they look to secure the future of one of their most talented players.
Rodriguez hasn’t featured for the Saints this season but he remains a vital squad member and will give Ronald Koeman important options over the second half of the campaign, as the Saints now aim to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
So what are Tottenham’s options if Mauricio Pochettino is dead set on landing the England option?
Realistically, they only have one.
The Morgan Schneiderlin affair last summer showed that cash isn’t enough when it comes to the current officials at the Saints so Tottenham have to look for something else they can use to their advantage.
Other reports this week have suggested that Pochettino is considering axing several members of the first team squad and the North Londoners could try and do a deal involving players going the other way.
Among the attacking options Spurs could consider in a deal are Andros Townsend, one of the players linked with a winter exit, and Harry Kane, who has already been linked with a £10 million move to the Saints.
Spurs could offer up several players in key positions for any side in the hope that they may be able to tempt the Saints into a deal if talks with Rodriguez don’t look as though they would be a formality.
What they’re battling against is the faith and loyalty the Saints have admirably shown to Rodriguez while he’s been out of action injured.
Unless Tottenham incentivise Southampton with the offer of a good attacking player going the other way, Rodriguez may have no trouble committing to the south coast side because of the loyalty they’ve shown him when other teams may have cut him loose over the summer.
The speculation certainly isn’t going to end any time soon but if Spurs are to have any chance of getting their man, they’ll need to make a sacrifice in the process.