Howe hopes to keep Rodriguez
Burnley boss expects Premier League interest in striker
Last Updated: April 4, 2012 10:33am
Jay Rodriguez: Burnley manager Eddie Howe is hoping the striker will stay at Turf Moor next season
Eddie Howe is hoping to keep Jay Rodriguez at Burnley next season, but is aware he could face a battle to fend off interest in the striker.
Rodriguez has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Burnley this term and was linked with the likes of Newcastle United and Norwich City in the January transfer window.
Clarets boss Howe understands why the 22-year-old will be wanted in the top flight, but is aiming to persuade Rodriguez to stay at Turf Moor.
"I'm sure there will be clubs looking at him so we'll wait and see on that one," said Howe. "I'm sure it will be difficult to keep hold of him, but we would love to.
"Any Premier League team that watches our games and does their homework will see what a season he's had.
"They'll look at his age, his goalscoring record and all of the attributes that he's got."
Rodriguez is currently suffering from a hip problem which is threatening to rule him out for the rest of the season and Clarets fans will be worried that they have seen him play his last game in a Burnley shirt.