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Burnley sign Jay Rodriguez from West Brom

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

03:34 9 Jul 2019


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Burnley have completed the signing of Jay Rodriguez from West Brom. 

The 29-year old striker rejoins the club that he left for Southampton in 2012. He's signed a 2-year contract at Turf Moor. It's believed Rodriguez has cost Burnley £10m

Rodriguez played in all-but-one of West Brom's games in the Championship last season, helping them to make the playoffs with his 22-goals. His acquisition replenishes Sean Dyche's striking options after the release of Peter Crouch at the end of last season.

The signing of Rodriguez comes barely 24-hours after they completed the £1.5m capture of Dutch defender Erik Pieters from another Championship side, Stoke City.

Rodriguez made his original league debut for Burnley in December of 2007, a month shy of his 19th birthday. During the Clarets' first foray into the Premier League in 2009-10, he was restricted to just 2 League Cup appearances.

But it was upon Burnley's return to the Championship in 2010-11 when Rodriguez first rose to prominence, scoring 15-goals in all competitions. He would go on to score 21 more the following season that would earn him a £7m move to Southampton.

Rodriguez scored 9-goals for the Saints, but his tally of 17 in the 2013-14 season under Mauricio Pochettino would help earn him his lone England cap. He played almost an hour of a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley in November 2013. Rodriguez would be an unused substitute against Germany 4-days later.

Any hopes of making the 2014 World Cup squad were dashed when Rodriguez sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during a Premier League meeting with Manchester City. It would be another 16-months before he'd play again.

The injury curtailed his progress at Southampton, and with starting opportunities dwindling Rodriguez left for West Brom in July of 2017 for £12m. He'd go on to score 33-goals in 84 appearances, enough to convince Dyche to give the 29-year old another pop at top flight football.

Rodriguez could make his full debut against one of his former sides, with Burnley welcoming Southampton to Turf Moor on the opening day of the season on August 10.

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