Swansea prepare raid on Blackburn for striker Rhodes

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has identified the signing of two new strikers as a priority this summer, with Blackburn forward Jordan Rhodes near the top of his list, according to The Telegraph.

Rhodes began his career at Ipswich Town, spending spells on loan at Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford before moving to Huddersfield in 2009.

Rhodes only arrived at Ewood Park from the Terriers for a joint-club record £8m in August last year, but his 28 goals for Rovers last season have seen him emerge as a coveted young striker not yet plying his trade in the Premier League.

He was also voted Rovers’ player of the season in his debut year at the former Premier League champions.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is also thought to be keen on the prospect of signing Rhodes, but Swansea look to have taken the first step by making a firm enquiry about his availability on Friday.

Blackburn have been keen to iterate that Rhodes is not for sale, but Laudrup wants to test their resolve with a good offer for the player within the next week.

The other striker Laudrup is keen to recruit to pair up with the Scotland international is Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis, and the Dane has already lodged a club record £8.5m bid for the 27-year-old Frenchman.

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