Jordan Rhodes has arrived at Middlesbrough’s training ground to finalise a transfer from Blackburn Rovers. Sky Sports New East Reporter Keith Downie confirms the news, whilst Lancashire Telegraph reporter Paul Wheelock also confirms that the fee for the deal is £11million.
It was only yesterday that Middlesbrough released a statement on their official website revealing that talks with Rhodes and his representatives had broken down after personal terms couldn’t be agreed. However the deal was resurrected today and is now set to be completed ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
The 25-year-old is a guaranteed goalscorer at this level, proven by the 20-plus goals he has scored in each of his last three full seasons. He is well on course to breaking them figure once again in this campaign.
Jordan Rhodes has arrived at Middlesbrough Training Ground to FINALLY complete his £11m move from Blackburn.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) February 1, 2016
Boro boss Aitor Karanka has been hoping to sign another striker as he looks to turn his sides recent run of form around. David Nugent and Kike Sola are currently on the books at the Riverside Stadium, as is Kike, although he has constantly been linked with a move away in recent times.
Jordan Rhodes is on the verge of completing his £11m move from #rovers to Middlesbrough. Same fee as agreed on Friday.
— Paul Wheelock (@PaulWheelock) February 1, 2016
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be transfer deadline day without some drama! It seems that this deal looks like being resolved in a manner which suits all parties. Blackburn will understandably be disappointed to be losing a player of his quality, but £11million at this level is a huge fee.
He could be set to make his Middlesbrough debut this weekend, which is ironically at home against Blackburn Rovers.