Jordan Rhodes a £12m target for Middlesbrough, Sky sources say

 Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes celebrates after scoring against Millwall
Image: Blackburn are not prepared to sell Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough for less than £10m

Middlesbrough are prepared to go as high as £12m to land Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, according to Sky sources.

Boro have identified the Scotland international as the man to spearhead a Championship promotion campaign next season after they failed in the play-offs back in May.

It is understood Rovers are willing to do business but will not contemplate selling for less than an eight-figure fee and they would also prefer to sell him to a Premier League club rather than a Championship rival.

That has not scared off Boro, who have already forked out an initial £5.5m this summer to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside.

Rhodes has scored 73 goals in 134 Championship games since joining Blackburn from Huddersfield for £8m three years ago.

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A fee of £12m would make him the second most expensive player in Boro's history after Brazilian Afonso Alves.

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