Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are preparing to offer Andros Townsend as part-exchange in a bid to bring Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez to the White Hart Lane club, reports the Independent. Pochetinno is keen to bring the Englishman into his Spurs squad, having worked with him at Saint Marys last season.
Rodriguez, who is currently sidelined through injury, is thought to be valued at around £14 million. Should Townsend be offered as part of that fee, then the financial outlay should be a lot more manageable. The 25 year old Rodriguez has not played since injuring cruciate ligaments in April, but he is expected to have made a full recovery by October.
Despite the player’s injury, however, Tottenham are looking to sign Rodriguez before competition for his signature erupts this time next year. The player still has two years to run on his current Southampton deal, but he is not expected to renew his contract in 2016. As a result, Spurs are looking to beat the competition to his signature by signing him now.
In turn, Ronald Koeman and Saints are thought to be interested in bringing Townsend into the fold on the south coast. The England international has struggled to break into the Tottenham senior squad, and has perpetually been sent out on loan spells away from the club. However, should a move to Southampton materialise, then it will be on a permanent basis.