Bowyer reveals Hull approach for Blackburn star Rhodes

The Tigers have £12 million to spend on a new striker after selling Shane Long to Southampton but the Rovers boss wants to keep his star man

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has revealed that Hull City have made an approach for Scotland forward Jordan Rhodes.

Hull have been on the hunt for a new striker since selling Shane Long to Southampton in a £12 million deal earlier this month and, according to Bowyer, have earmarked Rhodes as a potential replacement.

The Blackburn boss, whose side host Bournemouth on Saturday, told BBC Radio Lancashire: "There has been an enquiry [from Hull] which has been taken to the board and the owners and that's as much as I know."

"We gave him a new contract recently so we thought that would be the end of it, but I totally understand that Premier League clubs would be interested in someone that scores as many goals as he does."

Rhodes, capped 11 times by his country, has a prolific goalscoring record and has netted more than 20 goals in each of the last five seasons.

"From a footballing point of view, there's no decision to be made in my eyes," Bowyer added. "You're guaranteed a minimum of 25 goals, which he's proved over the last four seasons.

"He's the best finisher I've ever worked with. If my opinion was asked, it would be a big fat 'no' and we shouldn't sell him.

"I understand there's the lure of the Premier League and the finances that would be involved. It's out of my hands, but footballing-wise it's a no-brainer."

Hull, who lost new signing Robert Snodgrass to a long-term injury this week, are in Europa League action against Lokeren on Thursday.

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