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Rhodes deal is not all over for Blackburn Rovers
BLACKBURN Rovers have not yet given up on a deal for Jordan Rhodes – with the Huddersfield Town striker understood to be open to a move to Ewood Park.
Huddersfield turned down an offer for the 22-year-old earlier this week but the Lancashire Telegraph understands that Rhodes is tempted by the interest from Rovers.
The Yorkshire side were said to be upset after Steve Kean publicly confirmed that a bid had been made for the highly-rated forward but news of Rovers’ interest is said to have alerted Rhodes.
Kean is looking to bolster his strike force after Leon Best sustained a cruciate knee ligament injury in the recent friendly against AEK Athens.
He is close to completing a deal for Galatasaray’s Colin Kazim-Richards, the London-born forward played for Bury, Brighton and Sheffield United before moving to Turkey in 2007.
Galatasaray have given the go-ahead for a loan switch and Kazim-Richards is now set for talks with Rovers’ global advisor Shebby Singh.
The 25-year-old Turkish international, who can also play on the right wing, featured in Rovers’ behind closed doors friendly against NEC Nijmegen on Sunday and could even be present when the club hold an open training session at Ewood Park at 11am today as part of their family fun day.
Rovers are also considering a move for Josh McEachran after being told that the Chelsea midfielder is available on loan, following a temporary spell with Swansea in the second half of last season.
Kean and Singh would have been more tempted by the possibility, though, before agreeing deals for fellow midfielders Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu and Diogo Rosado – with the latter due to finalise his move to Rovers imminently.
A striker is now Rovers’ main priority and they have made Rhodes their number one target.
They are standing firm in their insistence that they will not improve on the bid that was rejected by Huddersfield, while the Terriers are adamant they will not sell at the price offered.
But news that Rhodes could be interested in a move will give Rovers hope that a transfer could yet happen, with any chance of a deal looking likely to depend on how determined the Scotland under 21 international is to move to Ewood.
Premier League side Fulham have been among the other clubs said to be interested in Rhodes, who netted 40 times during Huddersfield’s promotion campaign in League One last season.
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