Photo: Leeds chief Victor Orta spotted speaking to Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday heads the ball at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

Leeds chief signed Jordan Rhodes once before.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3L) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United's most significant development this weekend may have occurred off the pitch.

Forget the 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, after the match Leeds head of recruitment Victor Orta was spotted speaking to Owls striker Jordan Rhodes.

Orta worked with Jordan Rhodes at Middlesbrough, bringing him to the club from Blackburn Rovers.

His prolific goalscoring record stalled at Boro, but they were able to offload him to Sheffield Wednesday for £10 million.

Orta speaking to Rhodes could simply be a case of two acquaintances catching up, but a report which came out over the weekend lends weight to the theory it could be more than that.

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday heads the ball at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in...

The Sun reported on Saturday night that Wednesday are keen to cut their losses on Rhodes, and want to send him out on loan to get his wages off their books.

His wages outright would be too much for Leeds, but the Whites might be able to swing a deal by paying a percentage.

Ipswich Town and Bolton were named in the report as potential suitors.

Rhodes, 28, has scored four goals in 28 games this season, 15 of which have been starts.

The Scotland international scored 85 Championship goals in a four year spell between 2012 and 2016 but his form has trailed off since.

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