Middlesbrough seal £9m deal for striker Rhodes

Despite a late hitch, Middlesbrough managed to conclude the incoming transfer of Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers on deadline day.

It looked as though the proposed deal was off the day before the window closed, when the striker claimed he was left baffled when the Riverside Stadium club pulled the plug on the transfer despite personal terms being agreed and the successful conclusion of a medical. Boro, though, stated they had withdrawn their offer because they wouldn’t meet his demands.

However, on deadline day it emerged that Rhodes was heading back to Teesside to once more complete the formalities, and it was announced later that night that the transfer had been concluded. It is understood that Aitor Karanka’s side will pay around £9million for the Scotland international, who has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the Championship high-fliers.

Rhodes began his professional career at Ipswich Town but was famously discarded by then-manager Roy Keane, who must have winced as his former player went on to score 87 goals in 148 matches for Huddersfield Town. This led to the 26-year-old’s £8million switch to Ewood Park in the summer of 2012, and he went on to register 82 goals in 155 outings for the Lancashire club.

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