It looks as though Jay Rodriguez will not be short of suitors in the summer transfer window. The England international was one of the few shining lights in West Brom’s relegation campaign last season. The 28-year-old scored 11 goals for the club, but could not keep them in the Premier League. Now he is being linked with a move to remain a Premier League player.
It is reported by Sky Sports that both Bournemouth and Burnley want the player, with a fee of £20 million or more being mentioned.
Burnley certainly appears the obvious choice. The forward is from the town and came through the club’s academy system before leaving for Southampton in 2012.
But if West Brom do decide that selling him to Burnley is a good option, they should consider asking for a player in return, one they have previously held an interest in.
Charlie Taylor joined Burnley from Leeds United at the end of his contract last summer. He cost the Clarets a compensation fee of around £5 million, according to the Daily Mail.
But Burnley were not the only team chasing the player. West Brom were heavily linked with the player last summer. However, in May, Sky Sports reported how West Brom were not prepared to go for a tribunal to settle his exit. With Leeds unwilling to budge, Taylor headed to Burnley.
It has not been a highly successful move for the 24-year-old. He played just 11 times in the Premier League this season, struggling to usurp Stephen Ward in the left-back role at Turf Moor.
West Brom are still short in the left-back role. Kieran Gibbs was perhaps one of the better performers for the Baggies this season, but will no doubt have suitors for his services this summer.
If West Brom are able to bring in Taylor, it is a move they should certainly consider. Burnley would also be wise to consider such a plan. The club are unlikely to be able to afford a £20 million fee on its own for the Baggies striker, so offering Taylor as a sweetener could help them get their hands on Rodriguez.
It could end up being a win-win situation for all concerned.