Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore says he isn’t surprised Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town are reportedly interested in signing Jordan Rhodes, Yorkshire Post report.
Rhodes cost the Owls some £8 million when he joined from Middlesbrough.
But the Scotland international has struggled to replicate the sort of form which saw him become of the Championship’s most feared strikers during his time at Blackburn Rovers.
Now, Rhodes’ contract is expiring at the end of the season.
Both Cardiff and Huddersfield have been cited as suitors, and Moore says he isn’t surprised by interest from Wednesday’s league rivals as he dubs the striker a natural finisher.
“I’ve worked with him before and I know what he is capable of doing. He is a good player and has a wonderful eye for goals. He’s a natural when he gets in front of goal in terms of chances. He has got wonderful composure in front of goal. Does it surprise me that those clubs (Cardiff and Huddersfield) are looking at him? No. He is a good player and he is contracted to Wednesday and he has got a huge part to play for the rest of the season,” Moore explained.
Rhodes has made just six Championship starts this season, scoring three goals, while starting both of Darren Moore’s first two games in charge on the substitutes bench.
The 31-year-old no doubt has ability, but he is very much a poacher and strikers these days are asked to do far more than just sticking the ball in the net.
Callum Paterson is favoured due to his hold-up ability, while Josh Windass can help stretch teams by running the channels for the Owls and dragging defenders out of position.
Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy is said to be a big fan, with The Sun claiming the Bluebirds attempted to sign him in January but failed to convince the Owls to strike a deal.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, will know all about Rhodes’ ability in-front of goal as he spent three seasons with the Terriers between 2009-12, scoring 73 goals in 124 games.