All Rhodes lead to Hull as Tigers bid for Blackburn hotshot
Hull City, 11/4 for a top 10 Premier League finish with Coral, have made an offer for Blackburn Rovers and Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes, after selling Republic of Ireland counterpart Shane Long and losing winger Robert Snodgrass for six months to a serious knee injury.
Tigers boss Steve Bruce can offer Rovers vice-captain Rhodes, 24, European football this term as the Humberside outfit are in the Europa League. Prolific in the lower leagues for Huddersfield Town, he moved to Ewood Park for a club-record fee of £8m in the summer of 2012 and has continued to score goals for fun.
Rhodes is yet to net this season for Blackburn, however, and they have previously resisted overtures from the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham and Wigan Athletic. Rovers are in a strong negotiating position, as they got their prized asset tied down to a new contract in July.
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer said: “There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners. That’s as much as I know.” So, the offer rests with the Rovers hierarchy, who would be unlikely to accept anything less than a profit on their outlay on Rhodes.
Fellow Scotland striker Ross McCormack cost relegated Fulham £11m, so Hull may have to splash something similar to land this target. When Long was sold Southampton, Bruce pledged to reinvest the cash in the Tigers squad, but all his eggs look to be in one basket with Rhodes.
Lorient’s Cameroon international forward Vincent Aboubakar has been another mooted target for Hull but, as only Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored more goals in the French Ligue 1 last season, there is unlikely to be enough cash to buy both Rhodes and him.
Rovers are 9/2 chances for Championship promotion, while Bruce’s Tigers are the same price in the Premier League relegation betting market.