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Sheffield United plotting summer swoop for 22-goal ace

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Sheffield United are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez this summer, according to The Mirror.

Rodriguez scored 22 goals for West Brom in the Championship last season and was one of the standout players as the Baggies finished fourth in the table, before losing to Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals.

It was revealed earlier this week that the striker has a £5 million release clause in his contract, which can now be activated after the team failed to win promotion from the Championship.

Rodriguez persuaded the club to insert the release clause into his contract, after he decided to stay with the club for another season, following their relegation from the Premier League in 2017-18.

Sheffield United are one of a number of clubs hoping to take advantage of the striker’s situation by trigger the clause this summer, with Blades boss Chris Wilder is looking to bolster his attacking options, after guiding the team to automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Burnley, Bournemouth and Leicester are also considering activating the clause and offering the striker a route back to the top flight.

This latest report by The Mirror states that Wilder has a budget of £20 million for the summer and he is considering a move for Rodriguez, with two of his top transfer targets, Brentford’s Neal Maupay and Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie proving too expensive.

The Verdict

This would be a great signing for Sheffield United, especially for £5 million. Rodriguez was outstanding for West Brom last season and is one of the most prolific strikers in the Championship.

He already has plenty of Premier League experience and knows what it takes to score goals in the top flight.

The striker is thought to be keen on returning to the Premier League and perhaps Sheffield United would be a good move for him as well.

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