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Anything could happen with Jay Rodriguez on Monday

Yes, Jay Rodriguez has a torn ACL and Southampton said they won't sell, but boy, would you just look at this shiny Andros Townsend?!?

Richard Heathcote

Tottenham Hotspur want a left inside forward who is more direct and goal-scorey than Nacer Chadli or Aaron Lennon. Mauricio Pochettino loves Jay Rodriguez, and the feeling is reciprocated. He also has a torn ACL and Southampton say they're not selling anyone else. What to do?

Well, we do have this guy named Andros Townsend that they seem to like a whole lot. They've bid £12m for him and we've turned them down, probably because we really want Rodriguez and/or Morgan Schneiderlin and they're not willing to negotiate. Southampton almost certainly understand this.

In true Daniel Levy fashion, he'll try to pull off some kind of negotiation at the last minute and secure Jay Rod for his manager. But is it actually likely? I have absolutely no idea, and neither does anyone else.

Quick bio: Jay Rod got off to a bit of a slow start in his career, but he's absolutely lit it up for four seasons in a row. He was a star for Burnley in the Championship and he's been great for Southampton since making the move up to the Premier League. Last season was by far the best of his career, as he notched 15 goals in 33 appearances in the league. He was going to play for England at the World Cup before suffering an ACL injury.

Age: 25

Likelihood he's transfered today: His injury makes it difficult to tell. Generally, teams don't pay big fees for players who have yet to recover from a torn ACL. Southampton say they're not selling, but they want Andros Townsend, and cashing out on a guy who might never be the same isn't a terrible idea.

Potential suitors: Spurs seem to be just about the one one and only, given his current condition and Poche's admiration for him.

Price if he's sold: Whatever the hell we're willing to take for Andros Townsend, which is probably around £15m.

Are Spurs the front-runners?: Yes, clearly. If he is sold, it will be to Tottenham Hotspur.

The verdict - Could he be a Spurs player on September 2?: Yes. This is the only Premier League to Premier League swap deal we've heard that sounds likely in years.