According to both The Star’s Dom Howson, and Alan Nixon on his personal Twitter feed (below), Norwich City are interested in making Jordan Rhodes’ loan deal into a permanent transfer.
NORWICH. Want to buy Jordan Rhodes from SHEFF WED. Small fee. Big wages. Might help Owls.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 19, 2019
Rhodes has been on loan at Carrow Road this season from parent club Sheffield Wednesday. He’s made 36 Sky Bet Championship appearances (1,010 minutes) in the Canaries successful promotion campaign, these mainly as a substitute due to Teemu Pukki’s blistering form.
In these 36 appearances, the Oldham-born 11-cap Scotland international has scored six goals and added one assist. The Star’s Howson says that Norwich “remain big admirers” of Rhodes, this admiration coming despite what on paper looks quite underwhelming.
Howson adds that the ubiquitous ‘sources close to the club’ have intimated that Norwich are interested in bringing the former Huddersfield and Middlesbrough star in on a permanent deal.
It is believed that the Canaries paid a £1m loan fee to Sheffield Wednesday to secure his temporary move from Hillsborough. Part of the agreement is that a further six-figure payment will be needed for a permanent transfer to take place.
Howson remarks that Norwich “are hoping Wednesday will let Rhodes, their club-record £8m buy from Middlesbrough, go on the cheap.” It’s not that Wednesday don’t want him, but market forces always seem to dominate deals such as this.
According to Howson, Steve Bruce said back in April: “He is somebody who I have always liked as a player. You look at his goal-scoring record, it’s second to none. If he comes back, then good, let’s see what we do. But I haven’t given it any real thought process just yet.”
That thinking may need to be done soon, if Howson and Nixon are on the money.