West Bromwich Albion are closing in on a £15million deal for Southampton man Jay Rodriguez, according to Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old has struggled to break into the Saints starting line-up since his return from injury under both Ronald Koeman and Claude Puel, and it is now believed new boss Mauricio Pellegrino also sees the England international as expendable.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis made contact with the south coast club earlier this summer in pursuit of the attacker, and it is thought that an initial £12m move with £3m of addition add-ons has been agreed.

The Burnley youth academy graduate could be announced as early as Monday, becoming the first recruit for the Midlands club during this transfer window.

Even though Rodriguez only made nine starts in the Premier League last term, the Englishman was still able to notch five goals and assist twice, netting another in the League Cup.

West Brom have begun to dispel the stereotypical Pulis way of play over the past 12 months, offering attractive football and attacking flair via Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips.

This new acquisition would certainly complement their new-found style and help to build on their impressive campaign last time out.

West Brom are short of options in attack however, with an over-dependence on Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu the only other number nine of note in the Baggies squad.

Rodriguez was very highly rated before serious injury curtailed a promising career, with the attacker winning inclusion in the England squad and an important player for Southampton.

If Pulis can get the hard-working forward anywhere near back to his best, West Brom could have a real star on their hands, while the club’s fans will just be happy that the owners are ready to splash the cash to improve the squad at the Hawthorns.


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