Middlesbrough? Forest? Blackburn boss comments on Jordan Rhodes latest

Jordan Rhodes scored a winner for Blackburn Rovers against Bolton, having been linked to Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest in recent days.

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is planning to stand firm over the future of striker Jordan Rhodes.

The Scotsman scored a last minute winner for Rovers against Bolton, and Bowyer spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire after the 1-0 victory.

Speculation over Rhodes' future has been rampant in recent days, after he was left on the bench at Anfield in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Bowyer said that was always the plan, so he could start against Bolton in midweek - and both decisions paid off.

He said: "Whenever there is speculation regarding Jordan, he often follows it up with a goal, and we were quietly confident of that happening tonight.

"Until someone tells me different, he's playing at Charlton, and I can't see that changing."

North east paper The Gazette had reported on Wednesday that Middlesbrough were in pole position to sign the striker.

A day earlier the Eastern Daily Press had credited Norwich City with interest, with The Mail claiming Derby County were looking at trying to bring him in. The Star had linked Sheffield Wednesday with a big money switch, while The Sun had written that it was Nottingham Forest leading the chase.

Rhodes winner was his 14th goal of the season and took Rovers into 10th place, and his winner surely will make the club even more determined to keep him where he is.

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