By Will Butcher
Aston Villa fans are unimpressed on Twitter after reports suggested that Steve Bruce was working on a deal to sign Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough could win a bonus if Villa gain promotion with the help of Rhodes, who was brought on for two minutes against Watford on Sunday.
Rhodes, who was known for his superb goalscoring form in the second tier of English football with the likes of Boro, Huddersfield and Blackburn, has fallen behind Alvaro Negredo and Christian Stuani in the attacking pecking order at the Riverside.
Villa fans believe new manager Bruce should not be looking for another striker in January, with the like of Jonathan Kodjia, Rudy Gestede, Jordan Ayew and Ross McCormack already in the squad.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Why would #avfc need another striker in Rhodes…
— The Fallen Giants (@FallenGiants) October 17, 2016
And loan move for Rhodes?? …….unless you fancy converting one of our many st to a cam role, then can't see the value of it. #avfc
— Richard Griffiths (@Griffwad83) October 16, 2016
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is targeting Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, 26, because they need to sign another forward 😂😂
— Simon Morris (@BigAl_simon) October 17, 2016
@villareport we need midfield not another striker
— Anthony Skelding (@SkeldingAnthony) October 16, 2016
— Foxy (@gerfox28) October 10, 2016
@villareport lol don't need to worry about paying out a bonus then
— Boycey (@Boycey1259) October 15, 2016
One Middlesbrough fan believes that Rhodes himself could block a move after toying with the idea of rejoining Boro winger Albert Adomah, who joined Villa in the summer.
— Phil (@ONE_ROPER) October 16, 2016
The Englishman scored 86 goals in just 147 appearances for Huddersfield and netted 84 goals in 169 appearances at Blackburn.
Villa are currently nine points adrift of the play-off places and will need a drastic turn of results to challenge at the top-end of the table.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, a senior man has been confirmed as joining the club.