Middlesbrough want to re-sign Patrick Bamford and are prepared to make a bold move for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Bamford spent the season on loan at the Riverside Stadium and scored 17 goals in 39 appearances as the Boro made it to the Championship play-off final, only to lose out to Norwich City.
The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year for his exploits with Middlesbrough and now the Teeside club want the striker to return to the club.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka has a good relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and a deal to take Bamford back to the Championship club could done.
And now Karanka wants to pair him with Blackburn Rovers hitman Jordan Rhodes.
There were rumours in January that Rhodes was set to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season with a view of a permanent move, but the deal never materialised.
The Sun claim Boro owner Steve Gibson is willing to offer “£6 million plus a massive promotion bonus” to sign the striker.
Blackburn are currently under a transfer embargo and both Rhodes and fellow striker Rudy Gestede are continuously been linked with a move away from Ewood Park.
One or even both may leave if the price is right but the Rovers board are determined to keep one of them.
Rhodes joined the Lancashire club in an £8m deal from Huddersfield Town in August 2012 and has gone on to hit 74 goals in 143 appearances.
If Blackburn are to sell Rhodes this summer, they will be looking to recoup the fee that they paid to Huddersfield three years ago.
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