We had mentioned earlier today that Newcastle may turn their attentions to a Championship striker if our options are cut to having Swansea’s Bafe Gomis to sign for a whopping £7M for the 30 year-old.
And there are reports tonight that Steve McClaren is a big admirer of the prolific Championship goalscorer – 25 year-old Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers.
Jordan Rhodes – 82 goals in 155 appearances for Blackburn
Newcastle had tracked Rhodes ever since he was playing for Lee Clark at Huddersfield Town, so there’s been a long term interest in the striker who has scored 82 goals in 155 appearances for Blackburn since moving there in the summer of 2012.
And while at Huddersfield from 2009 through 2012 he scored 87 goals in 148 appearances, so he is a prolific and natural goalscorer who could make the step up to the Premier League just like Charlie Austin and Danny Ings before him.
Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Bafe Gomis are the strikers Newcastle are after in that order, but it seems McClaren is a big admirer of the 13 times capped Scottish International.
Blackburn are saying they will not sell, but a big bid from Newcastle could change their thinking.
Unfortunately it’s coming to light that McClaren wanted Charlie Austin this month and someone on the Board – it’s likely to have been Graham Carr – said no to the bid since there were concerns about one of Charlie’s knees.
Austin did fail a medical at Hull City in the summer of 2013 when he was about to be transferred from Burnley.
Not going after £4M Austin this month could turn out to be another huge mistake by Newcastle in their efforts to sign a top striker this month with only 3 days now remaining.
They are leaving it very late.
Signing a top striker before Monday night could be the difference between Newcastle being a Premier League club or a Championship clubs at the end of the season – it’s that important.