Leeds United are unlikely to make a move for Sheffield Wednesday forward Jordan Rhodes, according to a reliable journalist.

Sun reporter Alan Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account that he cannot see a deal like that happening even though Rhodes, 28, was pictured talking with Leeds director of football Victor Orta after the Owls’ 2-1 win at Elland Road on Saturday.

Nixon has reported on the Sun website that Rhodes will be made available to leave Hillsborough on loan in the summer in order to get him off the wage bill after failing to meet expectations since his £10million move from Middlesbrough last year.

Orta was around when Boro snapped up Rhodes and it appears that the pair may have just been catching up rather than talking about a potential transfer.

The former Blackburn and Huddersfield forward has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Sheffield Wednesday this season but has scored just six goals in the process.

Football Insider verdict

Rhodes would have been a good signing for Leeds – three or four years ago. The Scotland international’s career appears to have hit a wall after a couple of poor spells with Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday. He proved that he was unable to make the grade in the Premier League and that has perhaps killed his motivation. He needs to move to a team with less expectations to be able to revive his form and Elland Road is not the place to do that with more fierce goals to meet there than at Hillsborough. The Sun reports that Bolton and Ipswich were interested in him and both of those would be good moves.

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