Stoke City eyes bold summer move for Burnley ace in transfer coup.
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Stoke City eyes bold summer move for Burnley ace in transfer coup.

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Jay Rodriguez might conclude his second tenure at Burnley by joining Stoke City this summer.

With Stoke fans having to endure another season of misfiring attackers, the board is seeking to rectify the issue, and the arrival of experienced Championship forward Rodriguez may answer some of those issues, with TEAMtalk reporting he is a target for the Potters.

The end for Rodriguez at Burnley

Rodriguez, who re-signed for the Clarets in 2019 for a cost of £10 million from West Brom, played an important role in Burnley’s Premier League campaigns. Following their relegation to the Championship in 2022, he helped them reclaim their status in the top level last year, scoring 10 goals in 28 games in a season marred by injuries.

Rodriguez has had minimal playing time this season, which he described as a “shock to the system” in an interview with the Burnley Express. Stoke City have been given a real opportunity, as manager Vincent Kompany does not expect him to stay at the club until his contract expires in the summer.

Experienced Rodriguez could be the answer for Stoke City

The Potters have once again struggled for goals this season, with just three teams scoring fewer than their 41. Furthermore, Tyrese Campbell and Wesley’s contracts are set to expire this summer, and neither has been able to score enough goals to propel their team up the league rankings.

This might allow the Stoke board to focus quickly on a new striker, with Rodriguez undoubtedly top on the list.

Despite approaching the conclusion of his career, the forward’s talent is clearly still good enough for Championship level. His scoring record speaks for itself, having scored 64 goals in 184 games for Barnsley, West Brom, and Burnley in the second division.

Rodriguez featuring in League One

Despite the chance of landing a player as talented as Burnley’s number nine, Steven Schumacher’s squad threatens relegation to the third division. Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday, they now hold a three-point lead over Huddersfield in 22nd place and will be hoping to do enough in their remaining three games to avoid the drop.

Rodriguez, who has never played in a League One game in his career, is unlikely to try anytime soon and will be hoping for offers elsewhere if Stoke are relegated. Along with this, the issue of wages is something City could only fix if they maintain their second-tier status, with the forward now earning roughly £40,000 per week at Burnley, making him Stoke’s highest paid player.

As a result, any possible transfer is likely to be contingent only on Stoke’s continued Championship status.

 

 

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