The Daily Record claims Jay Rodriguez is ‘available for a knockdown price’ of £5 million.
That’s backed up by a Mirror report, which says Sheffield United are interested in the 29-year-old forward.
He’s valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt. However, the significantly smaller £5 million fee is the result of a clause in his contract allowing him to go on the cheap if the Baggies failed to win promotion. This clause is said to be valid until mid-July.
Should Rangers ready a move?
Steven Gerrard admitted back in April that the club was looking to add quality in the final third [Evening Times].
Rodriguez certainly comes into that bracket. He netted 22 times in 47 appearances in the Championship last season and has Premier League pedigree.
The forward played for Burnley and Southampton in the English top tier before relegation with West Brom.
Previously, he would have been well out of Rangers’ price range. This development brings them more into play, though.
Particularly if one or both of the club’s biggest assets, James Tavernier or Alfredo Morelos, leave Ibrox, Steven Gerrard should have considerable resources to reinvest in his squad.
Should that situation arise, it would be hard to do better than Rodriguez for this kind of fee. He’s a proven goalscorer who’s good with the ball at his feet and strong in the air.
If reported interest from the Premier League is true, the Gers might have their work cut out.
Yet, the pull of Steven Gerrard brought a big name like Jermain Defoe north and his influence shouldn’t be discounted.
If the cash is there, it’s certainly worth asking the question.
An attempt to lure Rodriguez to Ibrox is surely more realistic than reported interest in Andre Gray [Scottish Herald], but also a much better pursuit than entering talks with Josh Magennis [Belfast Telegraph].