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Blackburn Rovers consider options after rejection of Rhodes bid
BLACKBURN Rovers are prepared to turn their attention to other targets after Huddersfield Town rejected their offer for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Rovers made their move for the highly-rated Rhodes at the end of last week but had to wait for an answer from the Terriers.
It is understood that the total package offered by Rovers was worth around £6m but Huddersfield have now decided to turn down the bid for the 22-year-old, who has been linked with a host of clubs after netting 40 times last season.
The newly promoted side are eager to hold on to their star man and are said to be reluctant to sell to another Championship club.
They were also reported to be unimpressed by Steve Kean’s decision to go public on Rovers’ bid for Rhodes.
Before news of the bid’s rejection, Kean, left, had said: “I can confirm that we have a bid in for Rhodes and are also interested in other players.”
Rovers want to add two players to their strike force before their first game of the season at Ipswich Town on August 18 after losing £3m signing Leon Best for at least six months with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
They are already closing in on a loan deal for Galatasaray’s Colin Kazim-Richards, who played in Rovers’ behind closed doors training match against NEC Nijmegen on Sunday.
Rhodes was seen as their main target following Best’s injury but it is understood that Rovers are not prepared to increase their offer for the Scotland under 21 international and will switch their attention to other strikers unless Huddersfield soften their stance.
The Terriers have significant financial backing from chairman Dean Hoyle and, under no pressure to sell, they want to retain Rhodes to spearhead their Championship challenge this season.
If they do eventually decide to cash in on a player who seems set for bigger things they may expect interest from other clubs to force the forward’s price up even further.
Rovers will still hope that Huddersfield change their mind and decide that the offer they have already received is too good to miss out on, but Kean will now assess other targets knowing he needs to bolster his squad quickly.
Rovers are also close to finalising a deal to sign Portuguese midfielder Diogo Rosado after the 22-year-old passed a medical.
* Fans will be able to get a first glimpse of new signing Dickson Etuhu when the club hold an open training session tomorrow as part of a fun day at Ewood Park.
Activites including bouncy castles and a penalty speed cage will run from 10.30am until 3pm, with the training session at 11am.