Jordan Rhodes’ stock may have fallen somewhat following a disappointing spell at Middlesbrough and a slow start to life at Sheffield Wednesday but he remains a fearsome goalscorer at Championship level.
Therefore, its little surprise that Sunderland have turned their attention to the Scottish international as manager Simon Grayson aims to boost his attacking options with just three days remaining in the transfer window.
The Star reports that Sunderland have asked about Rhodes’ availability, though it is understood that no bid has been lodged just yet.
Rhodes has scored just five goals in 25 games since becoming Wednesday’s record signing when arriving for £8 million in January and has been left on the bench more often than not by manager Carlos Carvalhal in the opening weeks of the season.
Consequently, speculation has intensified that he could be on his way out of Hillsborough already with a reunion with Grayson, who he worked with at Huddersfield Town, possibly on the cards though Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack (below) remains their number one target, according to the Sunderland Echo.
All Rhodes lead to Jordan
Rhodes may have scored just nine goals in his last 42 games in the Championship with Boro and Wednesday but he was a prolific forward in the second tier during a goal-laden spell with Blackburn Rovers.
In 159 games between 2012 and 2016, Rhodes found the back of the net on 83 occasions. And it’s that sort of form that will have attracted interest from a Sunderland side in desperate need of a reliable goalscorer.
Grayson currently has Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan as his first-choice strikers but, if Rhodes can find his shooting boots again, the 27-year-old would prove a considerable upgrade.