Rovers not letting striker leave for rivals.
Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw has said that the club will not be selling star striker Jordan Rhodes to a fellow Championship side amidst interest from Wigan Athletic, Sky Sports reports.
Owen Coyle’s men have been heavily linked with the Scotland international as they continue their extensive rebuilding project to bounce back to the Premier League, though Coyle himself has refused to confirm or deny that his side have made a formal approach for the player.
And despite insisting that Rhodes is not for sale, Rovers have resigned to the fact that keeping him may be too difficult should a Premier League side come knocking, but Shaw has insisted that Championship clubs will face a tougher task at prizing him away from Ewood Park.
“We have no plans to sell Jordan and we don’t want to sell him. He’s not for sale,” he told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
“If it was a Premier League club it might be a different case because Jordan would probably want to go.
“But we have no plans to sell to another club in the Championship and he is not for sale, as we’ve said all summer.
“We’re trying to get out of this division so we certainly wouldn’t want to sell to a competitor in the Championship.”
Blackburn are still looking to strengthen their own squad this summer, but with West Bromwich Albion reportedly looking at the 23-year-old, Shaw admits the transfer window creates unnecessary frustration when trying to keep hold of star players.
“I know a lot of managers have had things to say about the transfer window and I agree with them, it’s not for me,” he said.
“You’re still unsure about players and we’ve had a month of the season gone now.
“You get an enquiry that ends up in the papers but that’s not my way of doing things or Blackburn Rovers’ way of doing things.
“We are working hard on certain things but until it’s done we’ll keep things to ourselves.
“We’re trying hard to get one or two things done and we’ll see what happens.”