Last summer there were a host of clubs interested in signing Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes, after he hit 40 goals on his way to firing them to promotion from League One.
He was seen as the missing piece in Steve Kean's promotion jigsaw, but when the manager was sacked after just a month, the club's blueprint to bounce straight back up took a blow, even if fans were not unhappy to see the back of the unpopular boss.
Blackburn have since floundered into a downwards spiral, sitting a point below Rhodes' former club Huddersfield, just one point above the relegation zone in the Championship.
It's a desperate situation, but one thing has been consistent this season for Rovers, and that is Jordan Rhodes' goalscoring.
The striker has 24 goals so far, showing no trouble in adapting to stepping up a division, in a struggling side too.
Whether Rovers survive or not, it's inevitable that their star striker is likely to want out this summer, which is why West Ham are sensible to look at making an offer.
Rhodes has netted almost 70 goals in two seasons in the Football League, and deserves a chance to play at the top level. He has scored internationally for a struggling Scottish side, and will feel the time is right to play Premier Legaue football.
That's why he joined Blackburn, because he was convinced the move would lead to him playing in the top flight in 2013/14, but the broken promises and instability are likely to lead to his exit.
For £8 million he would represent a bargain for the Hammers, and just £2.5 million more than they paid for flop striker Modibo Maiga.
Rhodes is only 23, and is likely to get better over the coming seasons. If West Ham snap him up now they can secure him at his peak over the next few years, and if he does turn out to be truly sensational they can always sell him on for a major profit.
The move all makes sense, so don't surprised to see West Ham make an effort to sign him this summer, rather than spending on a dodgy foreign import.
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