Liverpool failing to secure Loic Remy could be bad news for Saints

Jay Rodriguez

With the deal to sign Remy falling through Liverpool could turn to yet another man from Southampton, Jay Rodriguez.

Hearing that Liverpool have pulled out of the deal to sign Remy from QPR will not be news that Southampton and their Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman, will want to hear.

The south coast club recorded their highest ever Premier League finish under Mauricio Pochettino last season, placing 8th. Since then they have unsuccessfully battled with the league's elite in trying to retain the services of their best players.

But the exodus has been severe - Manchester United paid a record £30 million for teenage left-back Luke Shaw, whilst Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. A deal for The Reds to sign Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren is also reported to be 48 hours away from completion.

Now that last season's league runners-up have dropped out of the deal to sign Remy, who scored 14 goals in 27 appearance on loan at Newcastle last season, it could pave the way for them to re-ignite their interest in Southampton's English centre-forward, Jay Rodriguez. The Daily Star are already reporting that Liverpool have switched their attention back to him.

The 24-year-old's future at St Mary's is far from certain as speculation saw him linked with both Tottenham and Liverpool earlier in the summer. Southampton have made efforts to tie down their last remaining star-striker by offering him a new five-year contract, but Rodriguez has yet to put pen to paper.

Liverpool will be desperate to replace the goals scored by talismanic striker Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for £75 million just over two weeks ago. Rodriguez managed 15 Premier League goals last season and was in-line for a World Cup call-up until a knee ligament injury prematurely ended his season in April.

Rodriguez might well prefer a move to Anfield, where he would link up with a number of his fellow countryman including: Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Lallana, Lambert and Sturridge.

Although his ex-boss Pochettino is understood to still be keen in bringing the forward to White Hart Lane, and his interest could make it difficult for Liverpool to make their fourth Saints purchase. 

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