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Manchester City May Target Southampton Striker

Manchester City may make a move for in-demand Jay Rodriguez while Stevan Jovetic has returned home injured from international duty.

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez had been linked with a move to Tottenham all summer to join up with his former boss Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane. However Southampton manager Ronald Koeman held tough, desperate to halt the exodus of players that has plagued the Saints in the wake of their impressive league showing last season.

The Dutchman will hardly welcome the news, reported in the Star, that now Manchester City will be in for him in the January window. The striker, who is sidelined until October with a knee injury, is wanted by City, who have offloaded forwards Alvaro Negredo and John Guidetti to Valencia and Celtic respectively on loan deals. The 25-year-old is actually English, in spite of his Spanish sounding name and impressive goal scoring record, and this would make him a more attractive target from City’s point of view as they are struggling with the home grown player ratio requirements.

Southampton’s valuation of the player is £15 million a sum unlikely to trouble the money men at the Etihad. Liverpool and of course Spurs will also be in the running to sign him, and the greater possibility of first team football with these clubs may be a factor.

City fans will be disappointed to hear that striker Stevan Jovetic is unlikely to be fit in time for the Citizens clash with Arsenal at the Emirates this Saturday, according to the Guardian. The Montengerin picked up a hamstring injury while training with his national team ahead of their clash with Moldova.

It’s unfortunate for the striker who impressed with two goals against Liverpool and was hoping to get a run in the first team, having struggled with injuries since he arrived at the Etihad at the start of last season.

Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.

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