Steve Bruce has identified Jordan Rhodes as the man he wants to replace Shane Long with and is even prepared to sacrifice his son to get him.
A few eyebrows were raised when Southampton paid £12 million to bring Shane Long to the club. It represents a better deal than many others this summer, but it was still surprising given that he had joined Hull City just seven months earlier.
He had developed a decent partnership with Nikica Jelavic at the KC Stadium and The Tigers don't have an abundance of quality amongst their strikers and Steve Bruce now has to replace Long. He has identified Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes as the man who can help them in the Premier League and Europa League.
They have already had one bid turned down but it is thought they will return with a £12 million offer plus Alex Bruce going the other way. Speaking on the matter Steve Bruce said "He is a player we are obviously interested in.There has been dialogue at boardroom level and we'll see what comes of it."
It isn't a surprise to see a Premier League club come in for Rhodes, a player who has consistently impressed in the Football League. His last five seasons have yielded 23, 22, 40, 29, and 25 goals respectively, and if there's anyone in the Football League who deserves a chance in the top flight then it's him.
His transition from League One to the Championship was conducted with ease and there is no reason why he can't do the same in the Premier League. Rhodes is capable of scoring all types of goals and is a constant threat. Shane Long is more of a striker who plays on the last defender and uses his pace as his main attribute.
Long has never been quite a prolific goalscorer, only scoring more than 10 league goals in a season once (23 for Reading in 2010-2011 but he is an experienced player for his age and he seemed a good fit for Hull City.
Rhodes is the perfect replacement though if a move can be agreed and it will be exciting to see how he performs on the big stage.