Fulham Lead Celtic in Race for Lower League Goal Machine Jordan Rhodes

West Londoners in pole position for 40-goal striker but remain way off Huddersfield’s valuation.

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Fulham are heading a host of Premier League and SPL clubs interested in Huddersfield stiker Jordan Rhodes but are reluctant to match The Terriers’ £8 million price tag according to The Daily Record.

Rhodes, who made his International debut for Scotland last November and has scored 6 times in 7 appearances for the under-21 side, capped off a stunning 40-goal season by helping Huddersfield clinch promotion to the Championship in Saturday’s play-off final. The striker, 22, stepped up first and scored with ease as Simon Grayson’s side beat Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United 8-7 on penalties, after a 0-0 stalemate at Wembley.

Fulham boss Martin Jol and Celtic manager Neil Lennon are known admirers, while Everton and managerless Aston Villa have also been linked with the forward. The Cottagers reportedly opened the bidding with a £3.5 million offer, which was dismissed by Grayson as unsatisfactory.

“£3.5m? Is that for his right leg or left? For someone who has scored 40 goals? Players with 10 or 15 goals would go for £3.5m,” said Grayson after sealing promotion.

Huddersfield appear keen to sell Rhodes, however, if a club meets their £8 million valuation, as they look to strengthen the squad for life in the Championship. “I saw £8 million quoted. Well, if we got £8 million, that’s a lot of money,” admitted Grayson. “Every player has his price and we’d be foolish to not think that we might lose him.”

Rhodes remains unsure of his future but the English-born striker, who has previously said that his decision to represent Scotland was “never in doubt”, may be tempted by a move north of the border, as Celtic gear up for a defence of their SPL title and a crack at the Champions League next season.

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