Jordan Rhodes has finally made it to Premier League paradise following promotion with Middlesbrough last season, but Norwich City and Aston Villa are among the Championship club contending to bring the striker back to England’s second tier.
Boro remain the favourites to keep hold of their forward after the summer transfer deadline has passed, though, and What Are The Odds has broken down the latest markets available with Sky Bet.
Odds on the Scotland international remaining at the Riverside this season have fallen once again in the past week, and Boro are now firm 1/2 (1.50) favourites to keep the attacker in the northeast past September 3rd.
However, he’s yet to play much of a role in Aitor Karanka’s Premier League campaign following the arrivals of loan star Alvaro Negredo and Cristhian Stuani, leading to speculation of a move to Norwich or Villa.
The Canaries are currently 4/1 (5.00) to recruit the 26-year-old, while fellow relegated party Villa are slightly further out at 8/1 (9.00), having each shortened considerably in the last few days.
Such is the case for the Clarets in particular, considering they were a substantial 18/1 (19.00) at the end of last week, but having doubled their efforts to recruit a new striker of late. Manager Roberto Di Matteo may have to sell before he can buy in that department, however, and Villa Park may well be an intriguing hub of transfer activity come Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Rhodes played half the 2015-16 season with Blackburn Rovers before moving to the Riverside, where he scored a total of 16 goals in the Championship and boosted his reputation as one of the ‘go-to’ guys for goals in the lower leagues - a total of 91 Championship goals in 189 appearances and just as impressive is his record in League One, 70 goals in 122 games.
Sheffield Wednesday sit level with the Villans at 8/1 (9.00) to bring Rhodes before Wednesday’s deadline, but after already adding Steven Fletcher to their ranks on a free transfer, there’s no promise they can offer the striker the starting spot he undoubtedly desires.
Big spending Wolverhampton Wanderers were the club with the shortest odds to sign Rhodes at a slim 5/2 (3.50), but Walter Zenga’s outfit have since plummeted to 11/1 (12.00) after apparently going cold on the Scot.
Current Championship leaders Huddersfield Town are a huge 33/1 (34.00) to sign Rhodes on Wednesday, joint alongside Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, although Hull City could be a tempting investment at slightly shorter odds of 25/1 (26.00).
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