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Norwich City at the front of the queue to land Sheffield Wednesday man

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Norwich City are leading the chase to sign Jordan Rhodes, according to a reliable football journalist.

Alan Nixon is reporting that Norwich are in pole position to sign Rhodes from Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan deal.

Norwich are in the hunt for a new striker with Nelson Oliveira expected to leave Carrow Road this summer.

Midfielder James Maddison was Norwich’s top scorer last season with 15 goals but he is expected to leave this summer and Oliveira only struck eight goals.

Nixon has previously reported that Oliveira will be sold this summer to generate funds for a new striker at Norwich and Rhodes appears to be their main target.

The Canaries are leading the race to snap up the 28-year-old, who has a proven track record of scoring goals in the Championship.

With seven goals and one assist this season, Rhodes has had an underwhelming campaign by his own standards.

But the 14-cap Scotland international hit 16 goals in the 2015/16 season with Blackburn and Middlesbrough and he scored 21, 25 and 27 in the three years prior to that with Rovers.

Norwich will be hoping that he can rediscover his best form by being deployed as the main striker at the club and Sheffield Wednesday will be interested in shipping a number of strikers this summer to address the imbalance at the club.

The Verdict

Rhodes has been held back over the last couple of years and he seems to have lost his confidence in front of goal.

But a move to Norwich could be what his career needs as he needs a fresh start away from Hillsborough in an environment where a squad will be built around him.

The experienced forward is a goal grabber – he gets in the right positions and he knows where the net is.

If he rediscovers his form, Norwich could be looking at a promotion push next season.

Norwich fans – Would Rhodes be a good signing? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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