West Ham and Newcastle £8m target to be left out of FA Cup tie

It is understood that Blackburn Rovers hit-man Jordan Rhodes will be left out of the FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

In what is to be expected one of the more highly anticipated transfer battles of this winter, Jordan Rhodes looks likely to be heading for the Ewood Park exit. Lancashire based journalist Alan Nixon confirmed Rovers fans worst fears when he tweeted that Rhodes would not be playing for the side when they go head-to-head with Premier League title contenders Manchester City tomorrow.

West Ham and Newcastle amongst others have been linked with relatively big money moves for the Scotland international and it seems like one of them may have potentially made a breakthrough with regards to signing the player.

Jordan Rhodes is renowned as one of the best strikers the second tier of English football has seen since Steve Bull. And with just about every Premier League club being linked to him, it would be classed as quite a coup to whoever signs the Scottish wonder.

The Oldham born striker first made a name for himself at Huddersfield in the 2009/2010 season, bagging 23 goals in 53 games in all competitions. After that, he became one of the best known strikers in the country scoring no less than 20 goals in each season, breaking goalscoring records along the way.

In 2009, Rhodes scored an eight minute hat-trick of headers to break the record for fastest ever headed hat-trick. In 2011, he managed two consecutive hat-tricks, including one against promotion rivals Preston North End. And in 2012, he became a joint record holder for Huddersfield, scoring five goals in one match.

For Blackburn, this year, he scored in seven consecutive matches equaling a club record held by Jack Southworth, Ted Harper and Eddie Quigley.

He has broke records and won plaudits everywhere he has been, unfortunately, his goals haven't been enough to put Blackburn back into the Premier League - and they may be about to lose their influential frontman - who will be a huge gain to any Premier League side. 

images: © Ronnie Macdonald,

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