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Sheffield Wednesday reportedly planned to offload Jordan Rhodes to balance the books in January

Sheffield Wednesday had been planning to offload Jordan Rhodes in the January transfer window, according to Alan Nixon.

Rhodes had only appeared four times for Wednesday in the Championship this season prior to last month’s win against Brentford.

But an impressive second-half cameo led to his first and second league starts of the campaign in the Owls’ subsequent fixtures against Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Rhodes marked the latter of those outings with a perfect first-half hat-trick, sparking fresh hope that the £8 million club-record recruit can finally make something of himself at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes. (Photo by Tim Markland/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And his latest showing, Nixon claims, has caused some confusion ahead of business resuming next month.

Asked if Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster could be joining Wednesday on loan, the experienced reporter – whose work is commonly found in the Sun on Sunday – replied:

And on the prospect of a reunion between the Owls boss Garry Monk and his former Birmingham City striker Che Adams, who has struggled since his £15m summer move to Southampton, Nixon said:

Asked about the positions in which Wednesday are looking to strengthen, he replied:

Wednesday could look to move on one or both of Sam Winnall or Fernando Forestieri if a new centre forward remains on Monk’s January agenda.

Both players have been used sparingly since the 40-year-old’s September appointment and are out of contract next summer.

Rhodes spent the whole of last season on loan to Norwich City, who tried and failed to sign him on a permanent basis ahead of the campaign.

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