Tottenham reportedly agree personal terms with Jay Rodriguez

Clive Rose

This is a pretty surprising development, given Rodriguez's injury status.

We've heard rumors about Southampton players Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin wanting to link up with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur since he was appointed manager, but the former player appears to be getting very close to making that happen. According to Ben Smith of the BBC, Rodriguez has already agreed terms with Spurs.

Of course, this doesn't matter unless the two clubs come to an agreement over his transfer, but that's probably not too far off. If the clubs did indeed meet in Toronto and Southampton allowed Spurs to talk personal terms with him, they're probably pretty close to getting this done.

Complicating matters is Rodriguez's injured knee. He tore his ACL at the end of last season, so he won't be able to pass a medical. If Spurs are interested in him, that will be waived, but it's almost certainly going to affect negotiations about his transfer and contract. Medical technology has improved to the point where just about everyone makes a full recovery from an ACL tear less than a year after having surgery, but Daniel Levy isn't going to be willing to sign off on a big guaranteed fee and wages for a player who's not yet back from a torn ACL.

It looks likely that a Scheniderlin deal will follow, but Rodriguez looks to be closer to joining. Who would have guessed that a couple weeks ago?

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