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Rodriguez deal may not be dead yet

LAURIE WHITWELL: Tottenham have made a tentative enquiry about the availability of Jay Rodriguez even after Southampton insisted the striker is not for sale.

West Brom and Sunderland have had £12million bids rebuffed but Spurs decided a cheeky check was still in order. 

Mauricio Pochettino had Rodriguez when he was Southampton manager and would like back up for Harry Kane. 

Any transfer before the 11pm deadline looks unlikely given Southampton’s stance but Tottenham’s interest is notable and may even be part of laying the groundwork for a summer move.