West Bromwich Albion have rejected Burnley’s opening £12m bid for Jay Rodriguez, according to The Daily Mail.
Burnley have been interested in bringing their former star back to the club this summer following West Brom’s relegation but have seen their first bid turned down.
The Clarets have firmed up their interest with a £12m offer to test West Brom’s resolve but they will not accept the eight-figure sum.
Burnley-born Rodriguez is said to be keen on a return to his hometown club, where he scored 31 goals after graduating from the academy before his 2012 move to Southampton.
The once-capped England international joined West Brom last summer, penning a four-year deal with the club in a £12m deal.
But it appears the Baggies are not content on merely making their money back on the 28-year-old; they want to make a profit.
Rodriguez netted 11 goals for the West Midlands outfit last season, including seven Premier League strikes, and Burnley want him to bolster their squad options ahead of their upcoming Europa League campaign.
West Brom will probably lose Rodriguez this summer so they might as well try to get as much money as they can for him.
He is a useful player, offering versatility and work rate, but he is not irreplaceable.
If Burnley are not willing to up their offer, West Brom are under no pressure to sell with three years left on his current deal and he would definitely be one of the best strikers in the Championship.
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