By Amir Mir
The odds have been slashed on Jordan Rhodes moving to Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, according to the latest betting odds.
Leading bookmaker Sky Bet have priced Rhodes at 4/9 to join the Yorkshire outfit after the betting firm revealed on their official Twitter account that a flurry of bets had been placed on the player.
Previous bookies’ favourites Villa are being offered odds of 6/1 as manager Steve Bruce looks to add more attacking threat to his squad.
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) January 23, 2017
This comes after, the Sun claimed on Monday that Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is preparing a £8million offer plus extras for the Middlesbrough forward.
It is understood that Villa offered £6million plus £4million in add-ons last week, but Boro are standing firm on their £12million valuation.
Rhodes has fallen out of favour at the Riverside Stadium under manager Aitor Karanka who has preferred to play summer signing Alvaro Negrado.
Not only that, he also purchased target-man Rudy Gestede from Villa this month which has seen the Scotsman fall further behind.
For Villa, they have struggled in front of goal this season, in particular, without their star man Jonathan Kodjia who is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
They have failed to win in their last four matches, losing three of those games and scoring only two goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Bruce must change his stance on Rhodes and try to purchase the Premier League striker. Villa currently only have one senior attacker at the club with Ross McCormack demoted to the under-23s after missing training. The Scotsman will most likely be sold, therefore, Bruce needs to add another attacking addition to his squad. With star man, Jonathan Kodjia away at the Africa Cup of Nations, Villa have failed to show any attacking quality in front of goal and most importantly have failed to win a game since his departure. This has shown that they cannot rely upon the Ivory Coast international as they must now add another striker to their ranks.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this duo are set for medicals as the club prepare for a £5million transfer blitz.