Sheffield Wednesday are ready to cut their losses on Jordan Rhodes this summer, with Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers likely suitors, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The report claims Wednesday could even loan out the striker, for who they are said to have paid £10 million in January 2017, and may have to settle for a slice of his wages being paid.
Rhodes had scored 91 goals in 189 Championship games at the time of his move to Hillsborough, which saw him reunited with his father, Andy, the Owls’ goalkeeper coach. However, his league record for Wednesday is just seven in 46 – although he has scored twice in four cup appearances.
Former Huddersfield Town man Rhodes joined the Owls from Middlesbrough on an initial loan deal in February 2017 before making his move to Hillsborough permanent.
Many felt the deal was a bit desperate at the time, Wednesday having already boasted a range of forward options such as Gary Hooper, Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher, Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao.
The Trotters especially will be keen to land a new striker after losing star man Gary Madine to Cardiff in the January window.
Rhodes himself could be keen to move on, however, he is known to be on a hefty wage at Hillsborough, and this could potentially be a stumbling block for any potential new club.
Asked about his interest in Rhodes – who began his career at Ipswich – Town boss Mick McCarthy told the East Anglian Daily Times earlier this month: “If they [Wednesday] wanted him off the wage bill we weren’t going to pay it.”
Ipswich [David McGoldrick] and Bolton [Aaron Wilbraham – who scored against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend] each have strikers out of contract from June.