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16th Jan, 2017 | 1:47pm

Reports: Aston Villa hopeful of signing £35,000-a-week Premier League striker after development

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa are hopeful they can tie up a deal with Middlesbrough for striker Jordan Rhodes, according to a report.

The Monday edition of the Mirror transfer section claims 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.

Rhodes made a move to Aitor Karanka’s side last January from Blackburn Rovers for an initial fee of £9million, but the Scotsman has struggled for game time and form since.

The 26-year-old has played just six league games this season, starting just two fixtures as he has played 24 games overall for Boro netting on six occasions.

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It is also said that Villa manager Steve Bruce is keen on adding the former Huddersfield man to his attacking ranks.

Villa have not scored a goal since the turn of the year with senior duo Ross McCormack and Gabby Agbonlahor utilised in forward positions

Key attacker Jonathan Kodjia, who has scored nine goals this season, is currently away on international duty which leaves Bruce’s side short up top.

Rhodes has a healthy goalscoring record in the Championship, he has netted 91 times in 189 games for Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Brentford and Ipswich.

According to the Telegraph, Rhodes earns around £35,000-a-week at his current club.

Football Insider verdict:

Steve Bruce should look elsewhere for striking options as Jordan Rhodes will not fit the bill at Villa Park. His style of play, running in behind defenders will not suit Villa as there is no creative player in the team to thread the ball forward for the Scotsman. The only reason why Bruce should purchase Rhodes is because he would be an upgrade on the current attacking duo of Gabby Agbonlahor and Ross McCormack. But considering the price Aitor Karanka’s side will ask for Rhodes’ signature, it will not be worth it to purchase him. This has been proven by McCormack, who has bought for £12million in the summer, and despite his Championship experience, he has only scored three goals this term. 

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