Sheffield Wednesday striker, Jordan Rhodes has travelled to Norwich to discuss a move, according to BBC Radio Norfolk presenter, Rob Butler.
Using his Twitter account, Butler has tweeted this at around 8am this morning.
I understand Jordan Rhodes has travelled to Norwich to discuss personal terms. Nothing signed yet but a loan deal could be close to be being finalised. Watch this space…
— Rob Butler (@BobRutler) July 6, 2018
The link to Jordan Rhodes has been around for quite some time, arguably years actually but in earnest, they surfaced again around two weeks ago.
At that time, the suggestion from the Sheffield press was that Wednesday wanted a £3m loan fee and wages paid for a player that cost them somewhere between £8-10m from Middlesbrough, just last summer.
Rhodes is thought to be earning around £50k per week, which is obviously well out of the reach of a Canary board who no longer have parachute payments. It’s clear that they will not put the club at risk by gambling huge amounts of money on player transfers or salaries, so this is an interesting move.
Rhodes is, of course, a player who has a proven track record in this league with 83 goals in 159 appearances for Blackburn Rovers, although in the last couple of years, he seems to have lost his way a little.
He is still “only” 28, so arguably he is at the peak of his physical abilities but he’s only scored 8 goals in 48 for Wednesday in the last 18 months.
Presumably, if he’s travelling to Norfolk, then a deal looks likely, which means Wednesday must’ve decided to lower their demands. Loan fees are commonplace nowadays but £3m was ridiculous.
What this says to me is that Norwich City are not willing to settle for another season of mid-table mediocrity. It says to me that the board are going for a tilt at promotion and Rhodes would be something of a marquee signing.
There are financial constraints, naturally, but the board seem to be doing everything they can, without risking the club to give Daniel Farke a squad to compete with the top six.
Bravo, I’m all for it.