Middlesbrough star Stewart Downing talks up Jordan Rhodes move

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing is keen for Jordan Rhodes to sign from Blackburn Rovers.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing has told The Sun he hopes the club pull off a deal to sign Jordan Rhodes.

'Boro are pushing hard to put together a squad which can win automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, and bringing in Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers is a top objective.

Signing Downing himself was a major coup, with the winger a strong performer in the Premier League last year with West Ham.

The attacker believes he can form an effective partnership with Jordan Rhodes and has urged the club to complete a deal.

He told The Sun: "They’ve tried to get Jordan Rhodes and he would be a good fit.

“His record is outstanding in this league so hopefully that will get over the line.

“He’s what we are missing a little bit — someone in the box. All the good players do the throughballs and the crossing, but we need someone to bury it."

HITC reported last week that Middlesbrough had a bid in excess of £10 million for Rhodes rejected by Blackburn, a sign of Rovers commitment to keep the striker, but also the financial firepower the Teeside club possess.

Rhodes himself has already expressed that he is unsettled at Rvers, who finished ninth in the Championship last season.

He was quoted by The Star: “Having seen Middlesbrough’s performances last season in reaching the play-off final and their ambition this summer in terms of acquisitions, I’d have liked to have been able to talk to them.

“I am unhappy at not being given that opportunity. I am ambitious and have never hidden my desire to play at the highest level. That was one of the reasons why I left Huddersfield for Blackburn.

“The offer from Middlesbrough for my services was in excess of what Blackburn paid for me."

The 25-year-old striker has netted more than 20 goals in each of the last three consecutive seasons in the Championship for Rovers.

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