Southampton are set to raid the Burnley striker school again this summer, with a bid for Clarets goal-getting master Danny Ings reported to be in the offing.
The Saints – 9/20 to beat Cardiff next – paid a hefty sum to land Lancashire Latino Jay Rodriguez from the Turf Moor outfit, though his value will have since skyrocketed beyond the £7m mark they shelled out for his signature since his performances resulted in England recognition.
Mauricio Pochettino will hope former Bournemouth ace Ings follows J-Rod’s lead if he returns to his birthplace after seeing the 22-year-old fire Burnley to the cusp of Premier League promotion with 19 goals in 35 games this term after failing to get into double figures in any previous campaign of his career.
The club’s ability to extract gold from their frontmen sees them rank amongst the most reputable attacking academies in world football, though there are others rivalling them for the title of the finest.
Here a few of them:
Los Colchoneros have developed a failsafe formula for farming world-class forwards, it reads something like this – eye of newt, leg of frog, rabbit’s foot and tongue of dog, swirl them around inside the Vicente Calderon for a season or so and you’ll have a £30m asset on your hands.
The list of superstars this has yielded is as lengthy as it is impressive – Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and now Diego Costa have destroyed many a defence in Atleti red and white.
Rickie Lambert, England’s incumbent ‘big fella’, once spearheaded the Dale attack, partnered by Grant Holt, who also has a ten-plus Premier League goal haul to his name.
Adam Le Fondre is another name familiar to millions that’s once been the toast of the Spotland terraces, while current Crystal Palace line-leader Glenn Murray is another former favourite of the Rochdale fans.
Currently lacking a goalscoring goliath, tabs must be kept on 20-year-old Joe Bunney, who has used this campaign to break into the League Two club’s first-team.
Edin Dzeko and Mario Mandzukic both carved reputations as fearsome frontmen while plying their trade at the Bundesliga club, the former firing Wolfsburg to the German title in 2008/09.
Both have since seen the club cop fat wads of wonga in exchange for their services, while a string of less-successful strikers to have earned notoriety in the English top-flight, including Obafemi Martins and Steve Marlet have also led their line.