By Harry Sykes
Leeds are in the running to sign Jordan Rhodes in the January window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Betting company Sky Bet have placed odds of 14/1 on the Yorkshire giants snapping up Rhodes from Middlesbrough next month.
The odds have been slashed on Leeds, who previously were not in the bookies’ running to sign one of the most coveted players in January.
The favourites are currently Leeds’ Yorkshire and Championship play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who are rated evens to capture the Scotland international.
Villa are second favourites to sign Rhodes at 3/1, ahead Norwich at 11/1, while Leeds and Hull are both 14/1. Second-tier trio Brighton (18/1), Reading (20/1) and Blackburn (25/1) are more distant in the betting.
The Sun reported that Middlesbrough paid £13million to Blackburn to secure Rhodes on deadline day in the January window of this year.
It is unlikely to take such an exorbitant fee to land Rhodes next month given that he has not scored a single Premier League goal this season and has failed to establish himself in Aitor Karanka’s team.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has an outstanding scoring record in the English lower leagues at previous clubs Blackburn and Huddersfield.
Leeds manager Garry Monk revealed last month that he is “definitely” in the market to sign a new striker in the January window.
In other Leeds transfer news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Andrea Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.