Burnley face Rodriguez battle
Striker Jay Rodriguez may have played his final game for Burnley with Premier League clubs set to make a summer move.
Last Updated: 30/04/12 10:27am
England Under-21 striker Jay Rodriguez may have played his final game for Burnley - with a host of Premier League clubs ready to make a summer move.
The 22-year-old, who has netted 21 goals this season, has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Norwich, Fulham, Bolton and newly-promoted Southampton.
Scottish Premier League champions Celtic are also reported to be keen, but it is thought Rodriguez would prefer a move to the English top-flight.
Former Clarets striker Ade Akinbiyi, who was Rodriguez's mentor at Turf Moor and now advises the player, admitted he is a wanted man.
"It doesn't look like Burnley will be able to keep hold of him. A lot of clubs are interested and you can understand why," Akinbiyi told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"Jay is a decent player and can play at the top level.
"He has a year left to go on his contract but I'm sure they will look at all the different offers and see where it goes from then."
Burnley boss Eddie Howe is desperate to keep hold of Rodriguez, as well as other young stars including Kieran Trippier, but admits it is going to be a big battle.
"Our better players, who are at a very good age and very attractive to other teams - it's going to be a fight to keep hold of them," said Howe.
"But hopefully we can in the majority of cases, and if we do lose anybody then hopefully we can bring in adequate replacements."