No matter how much Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino covets his former Southampton charge Jay Rodriguez, who top scored for the Saints with 15 Premier League goals in just 30 starts last term, now seems a crazy time to part with £25m-plus for his services.
The resurrection of this rumour has succeeded to the extent that it appears in both the Sun on Sunday and BBC Sport’s gossip column, with the Lilywhites’ Argentine gaffer reportedly ready to spend £60m before the transfer window closes.
Pochettino has claimed ‘there will not be a lot of movement’ from Spurs between now and the summer, but they are known to be in the market for a pacey wide-forward.
Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Burnley’s Danny Ings are among many mentioned targets, but there is a feeling that Pochettino has been biding his time while Rodriguez returns to fitness before making any moves.
Had the England international not been injured at Manchester City last April, he would probably have followed fellow Three Lions Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw to the World Cup and out of the St Mary’s exit door.
However, Pochettino decided against making a move for the Burnley-born hotshot during the summer, so surely he won’t choose to do so now, with Rodriguez yet to make an appearance in Southampton’s squad under his successor Ronald Koeman.
The 25-year-old has missed nine months with an ACL knee injury, so there’s no guarantee he’ll return to football in the same form he left it (five goals in the four games prior).
In any case, Spurs are flying at the moment, with one Premier League loss in nine outings rocketing Pochettino’s lot up to sixth, just three points behind third at the time of writing.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen’s goals in the 3-0 win at West Brom mean they’ve contributed 31 to the Spurs cause between them this term, so early-season concerns over attacking options have been proved wrongs.
The Lilywhites are also thought to be weighing up January moves for Paris Saint-Germain’s former Newcastle maestro Yohan Cabaye and Athletic Bilbao centre-half Aymeric Laporte.