Liverpool are considering a move in signing Tottenham Hotspur summer target Jay Rodriguez, according to talkSPORT.
Mauricio Pochettino left the south coast club and joined the north London side on a five-year deal earlier this summer. The arrival of the Argentine manager at White Hart Lane has seen Spurs linked with a move for Rodriguez, along with his Southampton teammate Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Merseyside club were keen on signing Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers. However, the French international reportedly failed his medical before his proposed move to Anfield. This has forced the Reds manager, Brendan Rodgers, to look elsewhere in the market.
Liverpool lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the Uruguayan international's departure has left the former Swansea boss with Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as the first choice strikers in the squad, along with Fabio Borini.
Rodriguez has two years left on his contract at St Mary's Stadium. The England international has rejected a chance to sign a new deal with his current employers as he is waiting to know more about interest from Liverpool and Spurs.
Pochettino's side have stepped up their interest in signing Southampton star duo Rodriguez and Schneiderlin in recent weeks. However, Rodgers is looking to trump Spurs in signing the Saints striker in bolstering Liverpool's attacking division.
Liverpool have already completed deals for Adam Lallana, Lambert and Dejan Lovren from Southampton. Rodgers is looking to add one more player from the south coast side to his squad in the ongoing summer transfer window.
Rodriguez is currently on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in April. He will not be fit to return to action until October. Despite that, both Liverpool and Spurs are interested in signing the England striker this summer.
However, any move from either Liverpool or Spurs for Rodriguez will not be an easy task. Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has issued a warning to top Premier League outfits that the club will not allow the 25-year-old leave, while also refusing to allow Schneiderlin leave his current employers.
"Jay Rodriguez and and Morgan Schneiderlin are not for sale, and they will be a part of our club as we enter the new season," Krueger explained.
"They are part of the core that we have decided to keep at Southampton. In and around Jay, Morgan and the rest of our core players, we're excited to continue to build forward. Quite clearly, we entered the transfer window with a plan," he added.