Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has told the press that striker Jordan Rhodes is free to leave as long as he wants to, according to the Gazette.
The Middlesbrough boss had originally said that Rhodes is exclusively not for sale, but he has since announced that if the former Blackburn striker wishes to leave then he will not stand in his way.
Karanka also claims to have received no interest from any Championship club, but it has been rumoured for weeks now that clubs including Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa are ready to make their move in January.
Speaking about Rhodes, the Middlesbrough boss said: ‘For me, he’s a player in this squad and once again, if he wants to leave, if we receive the right offer and a club wants to buy him, and our club are happy with the deal, fine.’
The 26-year-old has started just one match this season since making the step up to the Premier League, so the likelihood of him wanting to stay is slim.
The former Terrier has an outstanding record in the Championship with 91 goals scored in just 189 games and, if he is to make the move back to the Championship, then he will certainly give his new club a massive boost in their promotion push.
Villa and Wednesday fans… what do you make of the news? How much of a boost would the introduction of Rhodes give your club? How much are you prepared to spend on the striker? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!