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Jay Rodriguez all set to become West Brom’s first summer signing

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West Bromwich Albion are just “one step away” from securing the services of Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez after West Brom agreed to pay up to £15m to urge the Southampton ace to put pen on paper.

According to reports in England, the Baggies have agreed a £12m deal with Southampton for Jay Rodriguez. A fee of £12m upfront has been agreed between the Throstles and the Saints, which is likely to rise by a further £3m with various add-ons.

Jay Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who scored 35 goals in 126 games after joining the Saints from Burnley in June 2012, has been a long-term target for Tony Pulis, having supposedly been the subject of failed bids in both previous transfer windows. Pulis was keen to secure a loan deal for the 27-year-old last summer but was blocked on deadline day by former saints boss Claude Puel.

It emerged earlier this week that Pulis had been given the green light to push through a fresh move for the one-cap England international, however, despite the recent change of management at St Mary’s Stadium.

The 27-year-old has grown frustrated at his lack of game time over the last year and is eager to earn first team football. The England international returned from a devastating injury this season but has lost his place in the Saints starting XI.

Should the Baggies sign the Englishman it will be their first transfer of the summer and only their second signing of 2017.