Arsenal are considering making a summer move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The 24 year old has been in great form this season and has even earned his first cap for the England national team as a result of his performances.
The report states that the Gunners have already registered their interest in the England forward, and were considering a move before he suffered the knee injury that wrecked his World Cup dream. The club will now monitor his recovery progress and still remain interested in signing him at some point in the future.
He is also attracting interest from other Premier League clubs with Liverpool and Tottenham both said to be interested in the striker, who was ruled out of action for six months following the injury sustained in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The Saints are keen to keep hold of their star player and as such are preparing to offer him a five-year contract and end any speculation surrounding his future at St Mary’s.
He can play all over the attacking part of the pitch, cutting inside as a winger as effectively as playing around the box. He knows how to put the ball in the back of the net and he’s also more than just a scorer, boasting a versatile skill set that includes excellent passing and top-level vision. He’s the sort of forward who would work well with Arsenal’s slick and pass based midfield.
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He is one of the highest scoring players in the Premier League and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is the only English player to have scored more goals in England’s top flight so far this season. He has shown a remarkable ability to adapt and play well against the best sides in one of the toughest divisions in Europe.
The Gunners are in the market for a new striker in the summer and Rodriguez has all the hallmarks of a typical Wenger signing, as he is a top quality talent who the Frenchman can turn into a superstar fit to lead the Arsenal attack on a regular basis.
The Englishman is a solid player and if his recovery goes well, he could be the kind of player who makes Arsenal better. He could jump at the chance to play in the Champions League and a side another level ahead of the Saints.
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