No Norwich City bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes says Neil Adams

Blackburn Rovers and Scotland international Jordan Rhodes. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire Blackburn Rovers and Scotland international Jordan Rhodes. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Friday, June 6, 2014
6:00 AM

Neil Adams is a fan of Jordan Rhodes – but there are no current moves to bring him to City.

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Speculation started earlier in the week linking City with a move for the Blackburn hit man – although sources in Lancashire suggest it would take £10m as a minimum to sign the 24-year-old prolific forward, who cost his current club £8m two years ago.

“I’ve seen it, I’ve seen all the rumours,” said the Norwich manager. “I think they’ve put two and two together and come up with 25. Obviously Joe Royle had him as a young player (at Ipswich), and I played with his dad Andy Rhodes. That’s where the links are. We’ve made no offer for Jordan Rhodes – fantastic player, don’t get me wrong. Scores goals for fun, guarantees goals. But there’s been no offer.”

So maybe not Rhodes – but Adams expects his new football consultant to help him out with his summer recruitment task.

“It’s one of his many attributes and one of the reasons I got him in here,” said Adams of Royle.

“He won’t be out there coaching every day. It’ll be more player recruitment. But he will be out there from time to time, he will be watching games and he is someone who will be a really big asset for us.”

22 comments

  • 1961 tractorboy you really are living in the past at least we have the guts to come out and say that we have been rubbish for most of the CH reign. Whereas you have been total cr**p for years and the run down council ground is too big for you. Hey!! I have just hit on the idea that you are Marcus Evans.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • You raise some good points MB and whilst I was a "Ch Inner" for a large part of last season, what changed my mind was the defeat by Fulham on Boxing Day. We definitely need a change of tactics and actually start to score goals whilst keeping the goals conceded as low as possible - not quite what we achieved during our forst season in the PL with PL at the helm, but hey - at least it was exciting football most of the time.

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • That`s it, Mr. Ed. I averaged the top 3, then the next 3. There was a gap, `twixt those 2 groups, in goals scored but no difference in goals conceded (on average). Derby deserved to go up automatically, but the money-generating play off system says "No". It should be easy enough to improve on last season as it was so dire on every front (or back). But to score 80 and concede, say, 45 is a huge change. I try to think positively: Hughton dragged us down pretty damned quick, it therefore can be reversed. No happy clapping here, until there`s something worth happy-clapping about. It`s been 2 years since there was.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • MB - Totally agree that we need to score at roughly 2 goals per game average and conceding half that amount Whilst Leicester and Burnley did exactly that, Derby scored more goals than Burnley, but conceded 52 against Burnley's 37!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Dubai, now you`ve talked up the superannuated sage of silly Suffolk. Will you never learn? Just when I`ve made my only serious posting of the year, you go and spoil it by invoking the eldritch eejit of Gipswic. It`s odd that the river there is really the Gipping, but they changed it to Orwell for some reason. The Gipping is only a rivulet, starting near the eponymous village, before being inflated into that foetid Festuary by sundry sources of suspect water. Btw, am I OK for a few cases of your Pollyanna Potion next season - if needed ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

  • Why would such a talented player who is undoubtedly destined for great things go to Norwich,past history would suggest that playing league one football really doesn't appeal to him.

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    1961tractorboy

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Relax Brew, we hit 9 against 1p5wich last time we were in the Chump. With our strengthened PL squad compared with the dross down at Portaloo Road we have got to be looking at 10+ goals from the home and away 'old farm derby' games !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • We`ve got to get our goal tally up from the pathetic 28-(38 games) to around 80-(46 games) to be in the fight for automatic promotion, based on last season`s figures. Defence too. Goals conceded need to come down from 62(!) to around 40. Big asks, both. Not a problem, just a challenge!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Good point, waclor. Had Vaughan "kept his powder dry" and performed like a damp squib in pre-season (a paradox there, somewhere) he would have been Krughton`s first pick. On Assombalonga; it won`t be long before someone comes along with a bid Barry Fry is longing for. If NCFC are on the periphery of this interest, just keep Diane Dubloon out of the way. He`ll do a "you heard it here first" bit of braggardery and blow the gaff. Remember Craig Mackail-Smith?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Sounds about right for a club of their size. Im assuming we've gone for Grabban over him. Unless we are going to go striker crazy and manage to move others on. Food for thought either way. Certainly another striker banging the goals in over the past few seasons either way. I think Rhodes all round game is better than Grabban & Assombalonga but then that of course is why he has the price tag he does.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • I'm pretty sure Peterborough paid around £1.2-£1.5m for Assombalonga.

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    Adams is God

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Pipe dreams do no harm or any good. Just wait and see. Surely can't be worse to watch than the last 2 seasons. Most boring football I have ever seen.

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    goldie

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Dont blame you not putting his name down Lincs, its a mouthful. Britt Assombalonga. I was talking with other NCFC fans earlier saying i'd be shocked if someone in the Championship doesn't snap him up this summer. However i've been informed Boro want to recoup more than they paid for him which is putting clubs off. Their website says they broke their transfer record to sign him so if anyone knows what that is, that be a help. After Boro failed to get promotion back to the championship I wouldn't be surprised if they were willing to do business for the right price. They've already let their captain leave on a free. I'd love to see him rock up at Carrow Road.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Just had a quick look at the eadt site to see what was going on down the road in sleepy Suffolk and ITFC are having to cut their cloth to meet FFP rules. Story there is sell first, then buy, and also look for loanees from PL clubs (an option for us?). As for meeting FFP rules most of last seasons Championship clubs in same boat. That gives the relegated PL clubs an advantage because they have one season's grace from FFP plus parachute payments. Cardiff, for example, have already blazed a trail with signings. I agree that Joe Royle confuses matters in respect of the Head of Recruitment role although Adams has made his first major signing regardless of the new football board still being incomplete. PS, Peterborough have a 30 goal striker who could do well for us. Becchio as a player plus cash deal?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Agree Walcor. If Hughton was still here then yes, heck yes, we would need an old fashioned, low goal expectation, hold it up, bruiser of a target man. however im hopeful under Adams that wont be the case, an we may actually be playing football and creating clinical chances in the penalty area for our strikers. Grant Holt was never a traditional target man despite what people make out but I wouldnt be against someone of his frame playing alongside Grabban, Hooper, Rvw, who ever. Chris Wood, Sam Vokes as mentioned by MB would be the kind of striker I'd look for to complement Grabban or Hooper.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • So who says we need a target man? Will we persist with the "Lump it up to the big man to hold up waiting for support" tactic or can we hope and pray for super slick fast moves down the wings or channels with quick talented strikers on the end? RvW can win balls in the air and he is aware of colleagues around him. Becchio has the upper body strength to make life difficult for defenders and easier for his strike partner. Don't write them off or the sizeable investment they represent. My guess is that one or maybe two of the strikers will at the end of August be subject of a panic bid by a premiership team who have made a bad start and will go for a decent fee. If not then any of them could do very well next season. The preseason friendlies could be very interesting and this time they won't end by giving away the striker who shows best scoring form.

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    waclor

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • He will be more involved with plaer recruitment? Confusing, so is he the head of player recruitment afterall despite saying they are interviewing for that role still? Need to sit down. Funny Neil mentions playing with Andy Rhodes. I've actually played against Andy Rhodes & (a very young) Jordan Rhodes many years ago. Wouldnt mind Jordan Rhodes at NCFC but doubt highly it will happen.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • My guess is that we may well see all 4 strikers changed this summer, but for a net spend of zero. I.e. Becchio will go for roughly the same value as Grabban, then whatever Adams can raise for RvW and Hooper will be spent on 2 more strikers. Loza will effectively replace Elmander. I would definitely try to keep Hooper though and go for a big target man to replace RvW. It may be that this has to be a loan if RvW only goes out on loan. In fact I expect our net spend this summer to be zero for the whole squad. Bassong, Fer, Pilks, Wes should raise £12-15 for Adams to spend. Ruddy another £6-8m, so we should be fine.

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    Crazy canary

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • After buying Grabban it's reassuring that Adams has identified players and that the board is backing him in the market. I think we can rest easy that things are happening. Perhaps it would be nice to have Rhodes here but at £10 million -that would be risk I don't think the board would be prepared to take, and I can't say I blame them.o

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    VictorM

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • No bid made (yet) may well be the case, but nowhere is Adams comments does he dismiss the link completely, merely just playing it down. Watch this one closely...

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    Adams is God

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Would City have bid for Jordan Rhodes if the Canaries had stayed up? Would he have signed? The problem for Norwich getting back into the Premier League is that we are likely to be outbid for players in an inflated transfer market. Our wage bill has always been one of the lowest in the top flight. At the same time, we can pay more than most Championship teams and sign players such as Grabban..

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    Capri

    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Be interesting to see how the striker ins and outs finishes up...

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    el dingo

    Friday, June 6, 2014

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