It appears West Brom might have a fight on their hands keeping Jay Rodriguez at the club this summer. As reported by The Telegraph, the striker has a release clause in his current deal at The Hawthorns that was triggered by the failure to win promotion back to the Premier League.
The fee involved is just £5 million, a bargain for a player with 22 goals to his name last season.
Plenty of teams are now likely to show an interest in the player. So should Tottenham Hotspur consider springing a surprise and making a move for the player?
Of course, many a Spurs fan would not want to see such a deal. Rodriguez turns 30 this summer, hardly the world-class recruit they are asking for and has a poor injury record.
However, he could also be a perfect bargain buy as a back-up to Harry Kane.
Mauricio Pochettino knows the striker well. He turned him into a potent threat whilst Southampton manager. Were it not for a serious knee injury, Rodriguez would likely have been on his way to the World Cup in 2014.
He has also just completed three seasons on the bounce with minimal injury trouble. The knee problem appears to be firmly in the past.
Tottenham fans would love to see another big name striker arriving but no big name is likely to want to come in and lay second fiddle to Kane. For the chance of Champions League football and to work with Pochettino again, Rodriguez might.
At the ridiculously low price of just £5 million, Tottenham Hotspur would be smart to make this move happen.