By Wayne Veysey

18th Jan, 2017 | 11:36am

Aston Villa getting serious about signing £13m PL striker - reliable journalist

By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa are ready to push strongly to sign Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes in the final fortnight of the transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

The Sun correspondent Alan Nixon took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to give an update on the Midlands club’s pursuit of a new striker this month.

Nixon, who has a transfer column in the Sun and is renowned for breaking stories, reported that Villa are “now getting serious about Rhodes”.

Steve Bruce’s side have been linked with a move for Rhodes this business and have already completed one piece of transfer business with Boro when Rudy Gestede moved for £6million earlier in the window.

Like Villa, the Premier League club have been active in the market as they refurbish their front line, and it appears that Rhodes is available to follow David Nugent, who joined Derby for £2.5million last week, through the exit door.

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Aitor Karanka’s side are closing in on the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford for a fee of £10million, which will push Rhodes even further down the pecking order.

The Sun reported that Middlesbrough paid £13million to Blackburn to secure Rhodes on deadline day in the January window of last year.

It has been widely stated that Boro are holding out for a similar fee for him this month and Nixon reports that they “still want £12million”.

Rhodes, 26, has failed to fire at the Riverside Stadium and has never scored in the Premier League, although his chances have been limited this season.

Nevertheless, the Scotland international has an outstanding scoring record in the English lower leagues at previous clubs Blackburn and Huddersfield.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Villa chiefs are absolutely convinced a sensational January attacker transfer can be sealed.

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