By Wayne Veysey

4th Dec, 2016 | 9:23pm

Celtic make move to sign £9m-rated Premier League goal machine - report

By Alex Stevens

Celtic have made a move to sign prolific Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, according to a report.

The Mail claim that the Scottish giants are among the clubs who have expressed an interest in signing the Scottish goal machine.

It is said Boro are braced for an eight-club battle for Rhodes, with Hull, Burnley, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City, Brighton and Derby also keen on prising the 26-year-old from the north-east.

The Premier League outfit are reportedly keen to recoup the £9million they spent on Rhodes, when he joined from Blackburn in January.

Rhodes has been prolific in the lower leagues, scoring 84 goals in 169 games for Blackburn and 86 goals in 147 matches for Huddersfield.

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The 13-time Scotland international also scored six goals in 18 appearances during Boro’s promotion campaign last season but has been just a bit-part player since their Premier League return.

Rhodes has made just four Premier League appearances this season, totalling a mere 105 minutes in total, as manager Aitor Karanka prefers Alvaro Negredo to spearhead the attack.

Football Insider verdict:

Rhodes is not a proven Premier League operator but his record in the lower leagues is speaks for itself. The Scotland international would be an ideal signing for Celtic, where he could expect regular first team football and plenty of opportunities to demonstrate the eye for goal that has made him one of the best strikers outside of the English top flight in recent seasons. With doubts over the medium term future of Mousa Dembele, Celtic need forward reinforcements to continue their domination of Scottish football.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are set for a major defender windfall.