HUDDERSFIELD Town insist it’s business as usual after rejecting £2m overtures from big Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers for star striker Jordan Rhodes.
The 40-goal frontman – called up by Scotland for next week’s friendly against Australia – is wanted at Ewood Park, but Town are having none of it.
I understand Rovers have offered around £2m for the hot shot in a deal which would rise to a maximum of only £4m based on appearances – with no sell-on clause!
Those figures are nowhere near a mark to tempt Town, especially from a divisional rival and remembering the fall-out from Marcus Stewart’s sale to Ipswich 12 years ago.
Town’s chief executive Nigel Clibbens refused to comment on Blackburn or on a valuation for Rhodes – who will not be available against Preston but will return for the big league opener at Cardiff a week on Friday.
Ahead of tonight’s friendly at Chesterfield (7.45) and tomorrow’s home clash with Barcelona B, Clibbens told me: “During the course of the summer, as we knew would happen, there has been lots of speculation in the press and media about Jordan Rhodes leaving Huddersfield Town.
“At various times, it has been reported that we have agreed terms for a sale; that bids have been received and turned down from more than one Premier League club and, over the weekend, even a rival Championship club.
“It could be distracting if we took notice of all the stories.
“Throughout this speculation, we have made the decision not to comment, as this would only add fuel to the fire.”