Bookies: Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez 1/10 for West Brom move

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

One bookmaker seems to think that West Bromwich Albion are on the verge of signing Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.

Inter Milan's Jeison Murillo in action with Southampton's Jay RodriguezSouthampton's Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez appears to be on the verge of joining West Brom if Sky Bet is to be believed, with the Southampton striker moving to the Hawthorns being given odds as short as 1/10 by the bookmaker.

Rodriguez has been heavily linked with a move to the Baggies over the past year or so. Sky Sports reported last August that West Brom were one of the sides that had held talks with the Saints ace about a loan deal, while the Daily Mail suggested in January that they had made a £12 million bid for the forward, and the Birmingham Mail suggested in May that he remained on their radar.

It would hardly have been a surprise if Rodriguez was previously given the green light to move, having been out of favour with Claude Puel for much of the Frenchman's tenure.

However, with Puel now gone, it may have seemed that the former Burnley man may have been given another chance to show the quality that Saints fans often saw following his arrival, and have only seen more sparingly in the last couple of years.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

But Sky Bet is still confident that he is West Brom-bound, listing a move to the Hawthorns at odds of 1/10 while staying at Southampton is listed at 11/2.

With the Baggies struggling for options up front, it would hardly be a surprise if Pulis does remain interested in signing the 27-year-old and his levels of interest justify the 1/10 odds.

But it would arguably be more of a shock if the Saints would sanction a deal while they are without a manager, as the next man through the door at St Mary's may feel confident that he can help Rodriguez rediscover the kind of form that saw him talked about as a potential inclusion in England's 2014 World Cup squad before he sustained his long-term injury.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez scores but the goal is dissallowed

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