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MID­DLES­BROUGH are bat­tling to com­plete the loan sign­ing of Black­burn Rovers Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional striker Jor­dan Rhodes.

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

Boro hope to do a deal which will see Rhodes move to the River­side Sta­dium on loan for the rest of the sea­son. They would then have an op­tion to buy him for around £8m if they are suc­cess­ful in mak­ing it to the Pre­mier League.

Boro are will­ing to pick up all of Rhodes’ £40,000 a week wages as they see the 25-year-old as the fi­nal piece in their pro­mo­tion jig­saw.

Mid­dles­brough boss Ai­tor Karanka is re­main­ing tightlipped in public but be­hind the scenes club of­fi­cials are work­ing hard to make sure the deal hap­pens.

Rovers re­fused £12m from Hull for Rhodes last sum­mer but now ap­pear to be will­ing to do busi­ness. They were wait­ing for the out­come of their FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against Liver­pool and, even though they face a re­play, a deal is on the cards.

Boro’s pro­mo­tion ri­vals, Derby and Nor­wich, are also in­ter­ested in Rhodes, who only ex­tended his con­tract un­til 2019 last sum­mer.

Rhodes, who took his tally for the sea­son to 14 with a late win­ner against Bolton in mid­week, is thought to be keen on join­ing Boro ahead of Derby and Nor­wich.

But Black­burn boss Gary Bowyer would be fum­ing if he lost Rhodes.

“Peo­ple will al­ways try and do what they want to do and go about it in dif­fer­ent ways but it just does not add up,” he said. “Why would we want to do that? It’s not a char­ity case we are run­ning here.” BOLTON have spo­ken to Manch­ester United about keep­ing on-loan winger Saidy Janko at the club for the whole of next sea­son.

The 19-year-old Switzer­land U20 in­ter­na­tional has been a big hit at Bolton since join­ing on loan un­til the end of the sea­son and boss Neil Len­non is hop­ing to keep him longer. IP­SWICH boss Mick McCarthy wants to bring in Wi­gan duo James McClean and Mar­tyn Waghorn on loan.

McCarthy hopes Repub­lic of Ire­land winger McClean and ex-Le­ices­ter striker Waghorn, both 25, will boost his side’s play-off bid.

The for­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land boss is be­lieved to have been told by the Cham­pi­onship strug­glers that the pair are avail­able to leave the DW Sta­dium.

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