Hull bid for Rhodes rejected

Hull City have had a bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes rejected, BBC Sport has confirmed.

The Tigers sold Irish international Shane Long to Southampton last week for a reported £12 million, and as such are in the market for a replacement striker.

They are said to have offered £8 million for the services of Scotland international Rhodes, which is some way below Blackburn’s current valuation of £12 million.

Confirming the club’s interest, Tigers boss Steve Bruce said of Rhodes: “He is a player we are obviously interested in. There has been dialogue at boardroom level and we’ll see what comes of it.”

Rovers manager Gary Bowyer was aware of the approach, saying: “There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners. That’s as much as I know.”

Oldham-born Rhodes began his career with Ipswich Town, and after loan spells with Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford, joined Huddersfield Town in July 2009. After three goal-laden years in West Yorkshire, he made the move over the Pennines to Blackburn in an £8 million deal during the 2012 summer transfer window.

He has continued his prolific form with Rovers, netting 52 goals in 99 appearances to date. With these kind of returns, his manager is understandably not keen to allow him to leave.

“You’re guaranteed a minimum of 25 goals, which he’s proved over the last four seasons,” said Bowyer. “He’s the best finisher I’ve ever worked with. If my opinion was asked, it would be a big fat ‘no’ and we shouldn’t sell him.”

Rhodes recently signed a contract extension with Rovers, but Bowyer acknowledged that an offer from the Premier League may be too good for the 24-year-old to turn down. “I understand there’s the lure of the Premier League and the finances that would be involved. It’s out of my hands, but footballing-wise it’s a no-brainer.”

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