Report: Nottingham Forest ahead of Derby County to land Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest are said to have jumped ahead of Derby County and Norwich City in the race to land Blackburn Rovers forward Jordan Rhodes.

According to The Sun, Nottingham Forest are now ahead of Derby and Norwich in the race to land Jordan Rhodes on loan after putting together a record-breaking bid for the forward should the Reds win promotion to the Premier League. 

The report states that Dougie Freedman wants the 25-year-old to lead a late promotion charge after losing top goalscorer Britt Assombalonga to a long-term injury last month and will buy the player outright for a club record £8 million if they are successful in their quest for the Premier League. 

Although Forest are under a transfer embargo, it is believed they have come up with a plan to offer 'a chunk' of Rhodes' £40,000-a-week wages for the rest of the season. 

The news has come only hours after the Telegraph reported the story that two of the promotion favourites, Norwich City and Derby County, were in a tug-of-war over the 25-year-old and wanted to take him on loan in a bid to improve their chances of promotion.

Where will Jordan Rhodes end up next?

Although the destination seems to be a mystery, it certainly appears likely, given the rumours, the forward will leave Blackburn in the near future on a loan move to a Championship rival.

Derby in second and Norwich in fifth seem the more logical choices for the striker, but if Forest can keep up their recent form for the last 10 games then they may have a good shot at promotion themselves. However, they know it may take at least seven wins out of 10 to even put themselves in contention. 

Blackburn, if they are to allow Rhodes to leave on loan, will obviously want financial assurances that his temporary exit could lead to something more lucrative in the future. However, for Rhodes, it may come down to which team he believes has the best chance of being in the top division next season. 

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