By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have pulled the plug on their January pursuit of Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim Steve Bruce’s side are looking at fresh forward options after missing out on lower-league specialist Rhodes.
It is said that they had a £6million bid rejected for Rhodes last week and “are unlikely to go back in” for the former Blackburn and Huddersfield front man.
This comes after widespread reports that Boro are holding out for £12million for a player who has scored six goals in 12 months at the Riverside Stadium and has not yet opened his account for the season.
The finale to the much-speculated Villa saga means Bruce will now look elsewhere to refurbish a front line that has struggled to produce the goods in this season’s Championship.
With Ross McCormack axed for failing to turn up to training, Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew away on international duty until February and Gabriel Agbonlahor without a goal in almost a year, Bruce has been left well short in recent weeks.
Agbonlahor was given the nod to spearhead the attack in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Preston but it was left to winger Albert Adomah to lift the team’s meagre goal tally for their league campaign with both goals.
The Birmingham Mail report that Villa could use the loan market in the final eight days of the window to refurbish their ailing front line.
Bruce and club chiefs are likely to move for another Premier League striker who is not starting regularly for his club after admitting defeat in their Rhodes pursuit.
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