BLACKBURN ROVERS are bracing themselves for a deadline day raid from Swansea City for striker Jordan Rhodes.
The Premier League outfit first approached Rovers two weeks ago about a deal for the former Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town goal poacher.
Blackburn, who are operating under a transfer embargo, want £12m for Rhodes who was a target for Hull City last summer.
The Scottish international was part of the Rovers side that knocked Swansea out of the FA Cup at Ewood Park last weekend.
The Swans are flush with cash after selling Wilfried Bony to Manchester City before he went away on African Cup of Nations duty at the start of last month.
Rhodes has been a target for Southampton and Queens Park Rangers in the last month as it seems that he will finally get a chance to play at the highest level.
The 24-year-old has been one of the most prolific scorers outside the Premier League in recent seasons despite only managing nine goals this campaign. MIDDLESBROUGH have asked Hull City if winger Tom Ince is available for a spell out on loan for the rest of the season.
Ince is also a target for Derby County but Hull are asking for a £300,000 loan fee before they allow the son of Manchester United and England midfielder Paul to leave. BIRMINGHAM CITY are holding out for £4.5m before letting winger Demarai Gray leave.
The cash-strapped Blues have rejected four bids from Bournemouth for Gray, who has been on Liverpool’s radar for much of the last 12 months.
The Cherries, who are pushing for promotion to the Premier League, are likely to make another attempt to sign Gray before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
But they are set to face competition from Blues’ local rivals West Bromwich Albion, who were impressed with Gray when he played against them in the FA Cup last weekend.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis is now weighing up a bid for Gray and would be able to offer the 20-year-old the chance of playing in the Premier League.
Birmingham boss Gary Rowett wants Gray to stay at St Andrew’s until the summer but it looks increasingly likely that that won’t be happening.