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31st Jan, 2017 | 9:11pm

Championship rivals to beat Aston Villa to striker deal – reliable journalist

By Amir Mir

Sheffield Wednesday could hijack a deal for Aston Villa target Jordan Rhodes, according to a reliable journalist.

Telegraph correspondent John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Villa’s Championship rivals are “close” to agreeing a fee of £10million for the Middlesbrough striker.

It is said that the deal for Rhodes to Wednesday looks “promising” as they have personal terms to sort out.

This comes after the Birmingham Mail claimed on deadline day that Villa could yet sign the Boro man and Brentford forward Scott Hogan.

As a result, Steve Bruce could possibly see his Championship rivals hijack a deal for his deadline day striker target.

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Rhodes has fallen down the pecking order at the Riverside Stadium with manager Aitor Karanka preferring summer capture Alvaro Negredo.

Equally, the Premier League side also added Villa target-man Rudy Gestede to their attacking ranks earlier on this month.

Football Insider verdict:

Bruce and Villa should not be too fussed about not landing Rhodes because they are close to agreeing a deal for Scott Hogan. A loan deal for Rhodes would have worked but his current club wanted a big fee for him and in truth, it would not have been worth it. He may have a good record in the Championship but the Scotsman has barely played this season which in itself is not helpful to Villa. The former Blackburn man would need game time under his belt to get going and Villa cannot afford to do that. Compared with Hogan, he has been playing and has scored 14 goals in the Championship this term, plus he looks a better prospect than his striker counterpart. 

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Stan Collymore has hit out at the club’s transfer deals. 

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