Everton swoop in to steal Rodriguez
The England Under-21 international has been discussing terms with the newly promoted Saints for the past two days, with a view to a record £6.5million switch from the Championship Clarets to the Premier League.
However, Alan Nixon has reason to believe that Moyes has now stepped into the chase despite having no money to spend.
He wants Rodriguez to stall on a decision and allow him time to try to get the finances together to bring him to Goodison as a partner for Nikica Jelavic.
Rodriguez has just come back from holiday to walk into a transfer tug-of-war.
Southampton have offered him a lucrative deal, but the chance to stay in the north-west with Everton may sway him.
However, Rodriguez will be taking a gamble if he turns down Saints and waits for Everton as Moyes will have to sell before he can buy – and also has Tottenham’s Steven Pienaar as a ‘priority’ capture.