Martyn Waghorn may prefer to stay at Ibrox but Rhodes looks almost certain to be on the move.
The lowest scorers in the top half of the Championship really shouldn’t need any encouragement to sign one of the most prolific strikers in recent Football League seasons. Nonetheless, reported target Martyn Waghorn’s refusal to entertain the prospect of a January exit from Rangers could be the shove Derby County need to shatter their transfer record for one Jordan Rhodes.
Steve McClaren may have dragged The Rams up the table and onto the verge of the play-off positions after inheriting the seemingly relegation-threatened mess left behind by Nigel Pearson in October, but they have still only managed to find the back of the net 18 times in the 11 games since the veteran manager’s return.
Tom Ince remains by far and away the club’s top scorer with eight while misfiring forwards Darren Bent, Johnny Russell, James Wilson and £8 million summer signing Matej Vydra (BBC) have netted just the five apiece.
However, McClaren will be unable to rely upon Rangers striker Waghorn to increase their productivity in front of goal.
The former Sunderland youngster said, in quotes reported by the Daily Record, that he had no interest in leaving Ibrox at the midway point of the campaign, meaning Derby and Bristol City are wasting their energies with any approaches.
Waghorn scored twice in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Hamilton on Friday. However, those were his only goals since the opening day of the campaign in a league with a much lower standard of defending.
Therefore, any approach for the 26-year-old appeared flawed from the start.
Rhodes, however, simply guarantees goals even if his year at Middlesbrough has brought little opportunity to prove that.
Nonetheless, his tally of 83 goals in 159 Championship appearances for Blackburn Rovers is proof enough that the Scotland international can and will find the net on a regular basis and, for Derby, a prolific centre-forward would be priceless with their promotion hopes seemingly dependent upon their January activity.
Well, we say priceless. The Daily Mail report that Boro want to recoup the £9 million they paid for Rhodes services in January but such a fee would be rendered somewhat obsolete compared to the financial gain promotion provides.