Middlesbrough’s move for Blackburn Rovers star Jordan Rhodes is off after they decided not to pursue the deal for the prolific striker.
Middlesbrough agreed a fee in the region of £9million with Blackburn for Rhodes on Friday and the player was given permission to hold talks with the Teesside outfit on Saturday.
However, after lengthy talks Middlesbrough have opted not to pursue with the deal and the move has now fallen through.
Rhodes has scored 85 goals in 169 matches for Blackburn since leaving Huddersfield, where he netted 87 times in 148 games, in a deal worth up to £8m three-and-a-half years ago.
A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough’s official website read: “The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms.”
Middlesbrough have been chasing the 25-year-old since the summer and Blackburn initially rejected their advances, with the player admitting in July that he was “unhappy” at not having the opportunity to discuss terms with them.
He got that chance this weekend, but Rhodes revealed to Sky Sports News HQ that he was “baffled and disappointed” that Boro had pulled the plug.
“I’ll knuckle down and get my work head back on at Blackburn,” he added. “It’s a great club.”
Should Rhodes stay at Blackburn beyond Monday’s deadline, he could be in the squad to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday.
Speaking after Saturday’s FA Cup win at Oxford, Rovers boss Paul Lambert revealed Rhodes had informed him he wanted to leave and that he was surprised his club did not accept Hull’s offer 18 months ago when Gary Bowyer was in charge.
“The lad came and saw me, he wanted to go, and to be honest I thought the club should have taken the offer the summer before,” Lambert said.
“Jordan has been excellent for Blackburn, but the money is too good to turn down. The investment will help, the club has got to rebuild. We need a stronger team to be able to get out of this league.”