Crystal Palace have been on the lookout for a prolific goal-scorer ever since Christian Benteke’s form fell off a cliff at the end of the 2016/17 season and it seems they may now be looking towards West Bromwich Albion for the man to fill the void.
Baggies frontman Jay Rodriguez had a mightily impressive run of form in the Championship last term, bagging 22 goals but with the Midlanders unable to overcome Aston Villa in the Play-Off Semi-Finals, it sounds as though they’re now considering offloading Rodriguez. According to the Burnley Express, the 29-year-old has a clause in his contract at The Hawthorns which means he’s available for an initial fee of just £5 million if the deal is concluded by mid-July, meaning a potential scramble for his signature is set to take place.
Rodriguez’s old club Burnley, as well as Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are thought to be rivalling the Eagles’ for the 6’1 striker but Roy Hodgson will no doubt hope that the attacking talent we already have on board will sway Jay towards considering a move to SE25.
Whilst Michy Batshuayi proved more than capable of scoring regularly across his loan spell from Chelsea, it remains unlikely that the Blues will work with us to sort out a permanent deal; with an asking price believed to be somewhere in the region of £40 million bound to be a major stumbling block. I don’t think we can completely write off the possibility of an agreement being struck just yet but with each passing week, it feels as though the chances of Michy returning to south London get a little smaller.
There’s no doubt that Batshuayi has greater pedigree than Rodriguez but given his age, track record, size and potential transfer fee, I can certainly see why the West Brom man would tick a lot of boxes for Roy Hodgson and the Palace backroom team.
This one seems to be worth keeping an eye on.