Report: Tottenham, Manchester City linked Jay Rodriguez will still cost £20 million

Southampton are determined to hang onto Jay Rodriguez, demanding £20 million with Manchester City and Tottenham admirers.

Southampton are demanding a high price of £20 million for striker Jay Rodriguez, report the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester City are linked by the paper with interest in the striker, which adds Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remaining keen on the forward.

The report states: "Tottenham are also keen to sign him this summer, with former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino eager to be reunited with the forward at White Hart Lane."

Rodriguez played under Pochettino at Southampton and was quoted in The Mail last year describing the Argentine as a 'great manager' after he departed for Spurs.

He has been linked with Spurs since, but has not played a single game this season with his recovery from knee ligament damage taking longer than first forecast.

That will make him a big gamble for any side, with Manchester United seeing how even Radamel Falcao has struggled recovering from a similar injury this season.

Southampton want to keep the Englishman, which is why they have set the bar high in terms of price tag.

It was a strategy which last summer saw them lose several key players, but each of them sold above their true value, but were able to successfully reinvest without detriment on the pitch.

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