Jay Rodriguez has a £5 million release clause in his current deal with West Bromwich Albion, according to a report by the Telegraph.
They report that the one-cap England international had the bargain clause inserted into his Baggies deal last summer following their relegation from the Premier League.
It will apparently rise to £10 million next season, and the setup looks engineered towards Rodriguez giving the Midlands club one season – or two tops – to try and get them back out of the Championship.
The report says that former club Burnley came in with £16 million last summer but were turned away – indicating how the new price represents very good value for money for any potential suitor.
On the subject of Rodriguez’s former clubs, Southampton are another one and they need to increase their firepower in the close season.
It was in the Saints’ high-tempo style that the 29-year-old earned his sole Three Lions appearance and Ralph Hasenhuttl is bringing that blueprint back to St Mary’s.
It’s not often that the chance arises to bring back a former club star for such a low price and Rodriguez still has plenty to offer in the top flight.
He remains a hard worker, with pace to burn, who knows where the net is and that’s exactly what Hasenhuttl needs this summer.