There have been some recent articles out suggesting that Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes could be a Newcastle target.
Jordan Rhodes – are Newcastle really interested?
The Oldham-born player who is the son of the former Barnsley and Oldham Athletic player and current Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeping coach, Andy Rhodes.
Certainly he has been knocking in the goals for Lee Clark since he signed for Huddersfield in the summer of 2009 on a four year deal from Ipswich Town .
Since joining the Terriers he has scored 60 goals in 113 appearances and including loan spells at Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford the lad has 68 goals in 139 appearances so far in his career.
The 21 year-old 6’1″ Englishman is being consdiered for the full Scotland team after he represented the Scottish Under 21 side five times with 5 goals this year.
His qualification for Scotland is because he attended school there for more than five years, while his father was playing in Scotland.
That’s another new one on us, and goes along with you can play for Scotland if you can down threee Scotch whiskies in one minute – another dubious qualification for the Scotland team. 😀
Jordan has been in prolific form this season, and has 14 goals in 13 appearances for Huddersfield.
The news is that Huddersfield value the striker at £5M, but we don’t know if this story linking Jordan with Newcastle has much truth to it.
But it does seem that Newcastle are still interested in 27 year-old Liam Ridgwell, the Birmingham center-back, who would cost around £2M and he could bolster the Newcastle squad for the run-in to this season.
And Newcastle are still being linked with 21 year-old Junior Hoilett of Blackburn Rovers, who becomes a free agent in the summer, but new news is that Stoke will try to get the player in January by out-bidding both Newcastle and Tottenham.
Blackburn have foolishly put a price tag of £18M on the player, who is available for nothing in the summer, as if any club would pay daft money like that six months before they could get him for nothing.
If Newcastle are really interested in the two 21 year-olds Rhodes and Hoilett, don’t be surprised if both of them end up at Newcastle, as the Magpies are starting to get very adept at getting the players they really want.
But remember that Newcastle are also being linked with 24 year-old Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, and Luuk de Jong of FC Twente, the 21 year-old Dutch International striker.
Whoever Newcastle are really after in the next transfer window, it will help enormously if Newcastle can remain in the top six in the Premier League before January rolls around.