By Harry Sykes
The odds on Leeds signing Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes in the January window have been slashed.
Bookmakers rated Leeds at 28/1 to land the Scotland international last month, and some had him at 20/1 on Friday to move to Elland Road, but the price has now narrowed.
Betting company Sky Bet have now placed odds of 12/1 on the Yorkshire giants snapping up Rhodes from Middlesbrough this month.
The likelihood of the striker, 26, leaving the Riverside Stadium have increased after they signed a new forward, Rudy Gestede, from Aston Villa for around £6million earlier this week.
A number of Championship clubs have been most strongly linked with Rhodes and this is reflected in the latest betting odds.
Sheffield Wednesday are the 5/4 favourites to sign the forward, followed by Aston Villa (2/1) and Derby (8/1).
Leeds are rated the equal fourth favourites to sign Rhodes, alongside Premier League outfit Hull.
Second-tier duo Huddersfield (22/1) and Brighton (25/1) are more distant in the betting.
The Sun reported that Middlesbrough paid £13million to Blackburn to secure Rhodes on deadline day in the January window of last year.
It has been widely stated that Boro are holding out for a similar fee for him this month even though he has yet to score in the Premier League and has failed to establish himself in Aitor Karanka’s team.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has an outstanding scoring record in the English lower leagues at previous clubs Blackburn and Huddersfield.
Leeds manager Garry Monk revealed last month that he is “definitely” in the market to sign a new striker in the January window.
The club have been most strongly linked with West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher, 21, but Rhodes has a proven track record in the Championship.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.