By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have been installed firm favourites to sign Premier League striker Jordan Rhodes this month, according to the latest bookmakers odds.
Sky Bet have priced odds of 1/5 for Rhodes to join the Midlands club before February 3 following what is likely to have been a wave of bets on the deal happening.
This comes after fellow Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday had been the bookmakers’ favourites for the past week to sign the out-of-favour Boro forward.
Rhodes is now 6/1 to join the Yorkshire outfit, while there are more distant odds of 16/1 for the 26-year-old to join Hull and 18/1 to join Brentford.
This comes after the Monday edition of the Mirror transfer section claimed that Patrick Bamford’s move to the north east can free up Rhodes’ departure from the Riverside Stadium to Villa Park.
It is said the arrival of Bamford from Chelsea will push Rhodes down the pecking order at the Premier League club and Villa are hoping to profit from that.
At this moment in time, Villa manager Steve Bruce has only two senior strikers to choose from as his side have failed to score in their last three matches.
Attacking duo Jordan Ayew and Jonathan Kodjia are away on international duty where they are currently participating in the African Cup of Nations.
According to the Telegraph, Rhodes earns around £35,000-a-week at his current club.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce needs to add attacking options to his side as Aston Villa are severely struggling in front of goal. The Midlands side are half way through the January transfer window and they have not purchased an outfield player at this moment in time. This would be a worrying sign for the supporter. Regardless of what happens, at first Bruce must get rid of striker Gabby Agbonlahor and with it bring in another attacking option. If that player is Rhodes then so be it because he would be an upgrade on the club’s longest serving player. Not only that, with the absence of key striker Jonathan Kodjia, Villa need to make a move in the window before they damage their chances of gaining promotion.
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