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Rovers up bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes
BLACKBURN Rovers have upped their bid for striker Jordan Rhodes as they look to test Huddersfield’s ‘not for sale’ stance to the limit.
Rovers received a written letter from the Terriers rejecting their last offer and telling them they were not not selling the player – but the club are ready to test Huddersfield’s resolve.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands Rhodes would be in favour of a move to Ewood Park – if the clubs can agree a price – but is unlikely to attempt to force a move through himself.
Rovers have other targets in mind, should their new and final offer be rejected, with Manchester City’s John Guidetti top of their secondary wish list.
The Ewood Park outfit though are confident their latest offer, which is understood to be in the region of £5million plus significant add ons, will tempt their Championship rivals into selling.
The deal would also include a substantial sell-on fee going to Huddersfield on whatever profit Rovers make on him in the future.
Rovers are ready to offer Rhodes, 22, a bumper five-year deal making him among the highest paid players in the Championship – including a promotion bonus and pay rise.
Meanwhile Rovers remain set to sign Galatasaray striker Colin Kazim-Richards on a season-long loan, and Sporting Lisbon midfield Diogo Rosado imminently.
Both players have agreed personal terms, with just the final bits of paperwork needed to be sorted before the deals are clinched.
Striker Nick Blackman is set for a six-month loan move to Sheffield United, in the wake of Jordan Slew moving to Oldham on a similar deal earlier this week.
Olympiacos are also understand to retain their interest in unwanted midfielder Radosav Petrovic and could be ready to launch a bid to land him on loan, with a view to a permanent move.
It is also understood that Rovers have received loan enquiries for Morten Gamst Pedersen over the past couple of weeks, but the Ewood outfit are looking for a £3million fee for his permanent transfer.
Rovers travel to Cork for their final pre-season friendly of the summer on Sunday hoping to have their final squad in place for the new season.
Kazim-Richards and Rosado should be in place to join the squad, with Rovers still hopeful Rhodes will be on board in time.