West Bromwich Albion fans everywhere will be keenly aware of the battle we faced in keeping striker Jay Rodriguez last summer following our relegation from the Premier League, as Burnley had heavy interest in taking both him and Craig Dawson off our hands, but we held firm and refused to deal.
With plenty feeling, unlike Dawson and his transfer request, that the 29-year-old was more than happy to give us 12 months to try and get back into the top flight, I can certainly understand and agree that promises would’ve been made about this summer – but a recent claim by the Telegraph this week makes for extremely painful reading.
If true, and having rejected a reported £16million (as covered at the time) from Burnley, the report suggests that instead of just a verbal promise, we inserted a ‘good faith’ release clause into his contract last summer that could now see him leave for a paltry £5million.
With 22 goals to his name in 2018/19, it’s no surprise to see the likes of Burnley, Bournemouth and Leicester now being linked with a raid for him.
I can only hope the report is wrong in some way.