By Alexander Ford

With the end of the January transfer window fast approaching, Tony Pulis and his West Bromwich Albion side should channel their attention to bringing in Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.

The England international was the subject of interest from the Midlands-based side in the summer, which ultimately ended in a failed loan attempt, however attraction from the Baggies manager hasn’t faded.

Pulis has always been keen on the Burnley-born forward, who has had difficult times in the past with injures whilst at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

The fondness between the two has also been mutual, with the Southampton player said to be keen on working with the Welshman.

However, Rodriguez has become the top choice for Claude Puel due to injuries to Charlie Austin and the departure of Graziano Pelle in the summer, which could make a deal seem a challenging prospect.

The Saints have found themselves in the EFL Cup final after seeing off Liverpool over two-legs in the previous round, which could give the Baggies a problematic time in trying to tempt the player to join.

Albion need a striker who preferably has Premier League experience and can produce the goals that can help the team push on and try to meet their expectations of being able to finish in the top-half of the division.

Pulis’ side have recently sold want-away striker Saido Berahino to league rivals Stoke City, leaving only Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu as their only recognised attackers.

With Southampton linked with Manolo Gabbiadini, it makes perfect sense for West Brom to try and tempt Rodriguez south.


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