Report: Aston Villa must match big-money valuation for striker target, no loan deal
By Emma Sanders
Aston Villa have been told by Middlesbrough they can’t have Jordan Rhodes on loan and must pay the £10m they paid for the striker from Blackburn if they want to secure his services in January, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Middlesbrough will not allow the striker to leave on a temporary deal and Steve Bruce must pay the large sum in order to bring him to the Championship.
The Times claimed last week that Villa were looking to seal a “swap deal” with Middlesbrough between Rudy Gestede and Rhodes.
However, Gestede has already sealed a move to Boro for £6 million, and a deal for Rhodes to go the other way does not look imminent due to the asking price from Boro.
The report suggests Bruce was keen to agree a deal to bring Rhodes in on loan but Middlesbrough will not allow the striker to leave unless it is on a permanent deal and they want £10 million for him.
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Boro are adopting a similar approach to Aston Villa in regards to the Gestede transfer, where they will insist on getting their money back for Rhodes.
Villa signed Gestede for £6million from Blackburn in 2015 and have now gained the fee back in return from Boro but the Premier League outfit are now urging Bruce to agree to the same principle for Rhodes.
The striker moved to the Riverside for around £10 million in February 2016 and the report claims Villa are reluctant to pay that fee and negotiations will continue.
Football Insider verdict:
With Rudy Gestede going to Middlesbrough for £6million, fans will be hoping that Aston Villa act swiftly to bring Jordan Rhodes the other way. £10million might be a lot but they’ve splashed that sort of cash out before and Rhodes is a proven goalscorer at Championship level – he could prove the difference as Villa keep searching for a play-off spot. We would be extremely surprised if a deal for Rhodes doesn’t transpire, with Villa just holding off to test Middlesbrough’s resolve. After making Boro pay £6million for Gestede though – the sum Villa paid for him – we don’t expect Rhodes will be released for anything less than the £10million they’re looking for. It’s time for Dr Tony Xia to open the chequebook again.
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