Steve Evans says he believes Leeds would have signed Jordan Rhodes in Middlesbrough's position

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United boss says he believes Massimo Cellino would have backed the team a lot more

Steve Evans believes if Leeds United were in the right situation, Massimo Cellino would have put the money together to sign a promotion clinching striker.

Middlesbrough are hoping to seal a path back to the top flight this season, and paid £13 million on transfer deadline day to bring in Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers.

Only two Premier League teams invested more in a single player in the recent transfer window, and the deal is expected to help Middlesbrough solidify their grasp on an automatic promotion spot, currently in second place behind Hull City.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans said: "People will roll their eyes when they hear me say this but if we’d been in Middlesbrough’s position in the league, do I think we’d have signed Jordan Rhodes?

“I believe we would have done. I believe we’ll get to that point. But I know that saying it and doing it are two different things.”

Whether Leeds have the financial capability of doing such a deal is only known to owner Massimo Cellino, but Middlesbrough certainly saw the move as worth the gamble, as if they somehow blow their chance of promotion this season, they will still be heavily fancied to make it up this season.

The reward financially of reaching the Premier League is huge, with more television money coming into the top flight than ever before.

Steve Evans wants to get Leeds closer, but the club need stability to do it, which so far owner Massimo Cellino has been unable to offer the club.

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