Tottenham Hotspur are chasing a double Southampton swoop in the January transfer window, having lined up both French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and his teammate Jay Rodriguez.
Ex-Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has chased the duo heavily since being appointed manager of the north London club in the summer, replacing Tim Sherwood.
However, repeat attempts to sign both players have been unsuccessful.
The Daily Mirror is now suggesting that the White Hart Lane side are set to continue their pursuit of the duo going into the winter window.
This will, in part, be funded by a supposed £20 million transfer fund available to the Argentine manager.
Spurs have been disappointing in the Premier League, sitting in tenth after several weeks of football.
They are chasing Southampton, who headed into tonight’s clash with Manchester United in fourth place in the league, a surprising position given the pre-season predictions of relegation for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Tottenham Hotspur have been given a gigantic boost in their chase for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, after it was revealed that Ronald Koeman is willing to do business with the north London club, as reported by the Daily Express.
Rodriguez has been out of action since the end of last season, suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
This has given new Southampton signing Graziano Pelle the opportunity to impress since his summer move.
Pelle has taken the chance, and has emerged as one of the more impressive additions to the Premier League, scoring six goals in the new campaign.
Rodriguez would therefore come back to a side that he would have to battle his way back in to.
Therefore, Mauricio Pochettino might have the opportunity to add his former charge in January for around £20 million.
This would come as a huge boost, with the north London club struggling in front of goal and suffering as a result.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton star Chris Perry has suggested that the White Hart Lane club could make a January move for their often linked target Jay Rodriguez, as reported by the Daily Express.
Perry had a 19 year professional career, encompassing time at both clubs, and feels as though Tottenham’s current forward options are not up to scratch when it comes to suiting Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred formation and playing style.
He particularly panned Emmanuel Adebayor, suggesting that he did not have the mobility required to fit into Pochettino’s side.
Perry said: “[Adebayor] doesn’t look particularly mobile and he struggles to play as a lone frontman and unfortunately that’s the way Mauricio Pochettino likes to play. I don’t think he has got the desire to close centre-backs down and run the channels.
“They need someone more mobile and I know they were linked with Jay Rodriguez in the summer and it will be interesting, if he gets fit at Southampton, whether they go back in for him. I know Pochettino likes him as a player.
“I think Harry Kane has done well in little cameo appearances but I don’t think he’s quite ready to start and lead the line just yet.”
With Southampton flying high, Rodriguez’s long term injury could threaten his place in the south coast club’s first team after he recovers.
Ronald Koeman has led the St Mary’s club exceptionally since the start of the season, despite significant suggestions that they would suffer relegation.
With striker Graziano Pelle impressing particularly since the season kicked off, Koeman has good options available to him up front.