Report: Middlesbrough plotting £12m move for Jordan Rhodes but also want return of Chelsea's Patrick Bamford

Aitor Karanka is apparently hoping that the pair can keep Boro well on course for promotion.

Middlesbrough are hoping to complete a sensational £12m January swoop for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes, while they also wish to bring Patrick Bamford back to the Riverside Stadium on loan, The Sun reports.

Bamford recently returned to parent club Chelsea, having prematurely ended his loan spell at Crystal Palace due to a lack of game time. And despite failing to find the back of the net in any of his nine appearances for the Eagles, Aitor Karanka will have fond memories of what Bamford can do.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Boro, and his 17 goals in the league helped Karanka's men reach the Championship play-off final where they were denied promotion by Norwich City.

With Middlesbrough now top of the division, the boss will be hoping that Bamford can rediscover his best form to help the club over the line this time around.

However, he may well have more competition for a place than he initially thought, with The Sun also claiming that Boro will offer £12m for Blackburn forward Rhodes. 

While Rovers rejected the same bid in the summer (as reported by The Sun), Rhodes' recent form may prove too much of a concern for Paul Lambert - with the Scotland international only scoring once in his last nine games - and he may decide to cash in on the former Huddersfield man. 

Similarly, with Blackburn languishing well down the table, Rhodes may decide to make it clear to Lambert that if an offer is made by the league leaders, he would appreciate the opportunity to move on. 

With two more proven Championship scorers potentially bolstering their ranks, joining the likes of David Nugent and Christian Stuani, it is difficult to imagine that any side will be able to deny Middlesbrough a place back in the top flight. 

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