Jordan Rhodes: Top 6 Premier League Destinations for Huddersfield Hotshot

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

Jordan Rhodes: Top 6 Premier League Destinations for Huddersfield Hotshot

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    Jordan Rhodes is a Scottish International footballer who currently plays at club level for League One's Huddersfield Town—two divisions below the Premier League.

    Rhodes has risen to fame recently following an amazing feat of goalscoring which has seen him score 33 goals in 29 games this season as of the 6th of January, 2012, according to Wikipedia.

    Rhodes is only 22 years of age and as such is being tipped for a move at a bigger club in the hope of bettering his career.

    Whether this happens or not remains to be seen, but here are the top six Premier League teams vying for the player's signature.


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    Whilst it was now-unemployed former manager Mick McCarthy who sent scouts to watch Jordan Rhodes play, Wolverhampton Wanderers may still favour a move for the player if the feedback of his ability was favourable.

    The report states that Huddersfield rejected a bid from West Ham during the transfer window, but there was no fee mentioned for the player.

    Wolves have been relying on the in-form Steven Fletcher to keep them from drowning in their relegation battle, and should they stay in the Premier League, Rhodes may get more playing time at Wolves than anywhere else.

Tottenham Hotspur

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    Back in the January transfer window, it was rumoured that Tottenham Hotspur were interested in Jordan Rhodes, as they needed another striker.

    However, that was before the signing of Louis Saha on a free transfer, so whether or not the player is still of interest is unknown.

    Saha is relatively old in footballing terms, though, and Emmanual Adebayor will go back to parent club Manchester City at the end of the season as per his loan agreement.

    With Adebayor likely to be expensive, Rhodes would be a lot more affordable.

Newcastle United

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    The report in the Metro also mentions Newcastle United alongside Tottenham Hotspur as suitable candidates, but they too have signed a striker in the form of Papiss Cisse.

    Both Newcastle and Spurs are believed to have scouted the Scottish striker, and it has been widely speculated that Demba Ba will move on in the summer despite him declaring his happiness.

    Should Ba be tempted by a move, Rhodes could offer an affordable and shrewd investment by Alan Pardew, who has bought and sold well over the past 12 months or so.


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    The Mail online reports that Everton are the latest Premier League club to declare an interest in the Huddersfield hitman.

    The article suggests that offers close to £4 million may be enough to interest Huddersfield into discussing a deal, but it is thought Everton do not have that money readily available.

    Everton recently lost striker Louis Saha to Tottenham Hotspur but had cushioned that blow by signing Nikica Jelavic from Rangers.

    Having another young striker pushing for a position certainly wouldn't do any harm.

Aston Villa

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    Talksport has Aston Villa in the hat for Rhodes' signature, and also concurs with previous reports that Newcastle and Tottenham are looking at the player.

    The article goes on to state that all the aforementioned clubs had scouts in the stands when Rhodes scored five goals versus Wycombe Wanderers recently.

    Aston Villa's strikeforce needs a new dimension with Bent and Agbonlahor their only main threats.

    The aging Emile Heskey needs to be replaced.

Norwich City

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    Tribalfootball suggests that Championship side West Ham United are in the driver's seat when it comes to securing young Rhodes' signature, but their article also links Norwich and QPR to the player.

    With QPR recently signing Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse in January, Norwich would seem a more likely destination for the striker.

    Norwich have impressed in the league this season and may lose some players to bigger clubs come the summer.


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    Rhodes certainly seems to be playing at a level that is too easy for him; however, taking the two steps up to the Premier League may be a lot to ask.

    At 22 years of age, Rhodes' development is well on its way, and he may find the Championship a more appropriate level to play at as opposed to the Premier League.

    It's not often you see players jumping up two divisions and making a name for themselves, and this is something that has to be considered when looking at a player such as Rhodes.

    Hopefully, for the sake of his career, he will be signed by a higher-level team, but I'd be surprised to see him playing in the Premier League after the summer, despite the rumours.


    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my predictions for how the bottom 10 Premier League teams can avoid the drop.

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