Newcastle United fans divided over links with Southampton's Jay Rodriguez

Newcastle United fans

West Brom are the favourites to land Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez but links with Newcastle United are intriguing.

Jay Rodriguez EnglandJay Rodriguez in happier times

Of all the strikers linked with Newcastle United this summer, from Andre Gray to Michy Batshuayi, it appears that Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez is the most likely to end up at St James’ Park.

According to The Sun, the newly promoted North East outfit are locked in a three way battle with West Brom and former club Burnley for the signature of a player who, if it wasn’t for a horribly timed cruciate ligament injury, might have been a member of England’s 2014 World Cup squad.

Rodriguez is yet to rediscover his best form in the three years since, however, meaning that Southampton’s £15 million price tag has fans worried.

He started just nine games last season and netted six goals – not exactly the output you’d want for a player with such a huge asking price.

However, The Sun adds that West Brom are the current favourites to land the 27-year-old this summer. And that may please a number of Newcastle supporters concerned about Rodriguez’s injury record.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring their second goal

After all, the club don’t have a great track record when it comes to players with questionable fitness levels, see Michael Owen and Albert Luque.

Though Rodriguez is an undoubted talent at the peak of his powers, it appears that some supporters believe the deal is simply far too much of a risk.

West Brom, then, could offer Newcastle a lucky escape, depending on who you ask.

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