When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.
Striker Jordan Rhodes staying put at Blackburn Rovers
1:49pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
BLACKBURN Rovers kept hold of prized asset Jordan Rhodes at the close of the transfer window last night.
The prolific striker was the subject of an enquiry from Championship rivals Wigan Athletic on transfer deadline day.
But the FA Cup holders did not make an official offer for Rhodes with Latics chairman, and former Rovers player, Dave Whelan saying: “We did not make an offer for Jordan Rhodes. We would not do that until we sold James McCarthy.”
One man that did depart Ewood Park was defender Bradley Orr, who joined Championship leaders Blackpool on a six-month loan.
Meanwhile Bowyer looked set to fail in any attempts to add a targetman to his squad last night.
But any frustration at missing out on a a new forward will be massively offset by retaining the services of Rhodes.
Bowyer said: “It was my first question I asked of the owners when they asked me about taking the job – were they going to sell Jordan Rhodes?
“They said they weren’t and fair play to them – they’ve been true to their word.
“Once you say he is not for sale it makes you a little bit more comfortable but you’ve seen what’s happened with Gareth Bale – everyone’s got a price.
“Keeping him will be like a signing. He’s a top, top lad who works very, very hard. He’s what we need in our team – a goalscorer.”
Rhodes has scored 32 goals in 54 appearances for Rovers since making an £8m move from Huddersfield Town last August.
Any Wigan move for Rhodes hinged on the Latics selling McCarthy to Everton – a deal which looked unlikely to go through last night.
And Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw said an official bid for Rhodes had not come through him.
Shaw added: “We’re not trying to sell our main players in our squad to rivals because we want to get out of this division.
“The reason we bought Jordan Rhodes is to get out of this division.”
Rhodes, 23, has scored four goals in his last two matches to help Rovers to back-to-back wins and Bowyer added: “You only have to look at his performances to see how he has been.
“He’s happy at the club and scoring goals. If a player was unhappy he wouldn’t be playing the way he is.”
Meanwhile, Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan – a summer target for Rovers – joined Premier League side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.
Comments are closed on this article.