Newcastle United are considering a summer move for Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez this summer, according to Chronicle Live.
The St James’ Park side have been promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and Rafa Benitez is committed to adding quality to his group before their top-flight return.
Firepower is something that Newcastle will surely look to acquire, with Dwight Gayle’s goals an important aspect in the north east club winning the Championship.
Rodriguez has shown that he can be a versatile and effective attacker in the Premier League but the England international has been struck down with repeated injury concerns over recent times.
Southampton have a new hero in the form of Manolo Gabbiadini to lead their line, with Claude Puel also has Charlie Austin and Shane Long in consideration for a striking berth.
The report suggests that the south coast club is open to offloading Rodriguez this summer, with Newcastle a potential destination.
The striker’s work-rate would surely endear him to the Geordie faithful but it is the attacker’s fitness levels that would be a concern in any possible deal to bring him to St James’ Park.
If Rodriguez could stay fit and firing, the Southampton man could be a real asset for a Newcastle side looking to make an impression back in the Premier League.