Sunderland not looking at Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes, despite speculation

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes.

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes.

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Sunderland’s search for fresh firepower does NOT involve Jordan Rhodes, despite continued links with the Blackburn striker.

Dick Advocaat is keen to add another frontman to his squad before the end of the transfer window, to boost a squad that mustered the joint second worst goal return in the Premier League last season.

There have been fresh reports this week linking Sunderland with a big money move for Rhodes, yet the Black Cats have no interest in pursuing a move for the Scotland international.

Advocaat wants a targetman capable of leading the line in a 4-3-3 system, and Rhodes does not fit into that mould.

Despite netting 74 goals in 144 appearances for Blackburn, Rhodes is a goal-poacher in the same mould as Sunderland frontman Jermain Defoe, who is already giving Advocaat a headache over the best way to use him.

Sunderland’s neighbours Middlesbrough had been interested in Rhodes, but it is thought that the Teessiders have now cooled their interest in the 25-year-old.

However, while Sunderland are not interested in Rhodes, Advocaat is understood to be desperate to add to his attacking arsenal.

The ex-Holland manager has been coy in his comments over how many players and in which positions he wants to bolster the squad before the end of the window.

But it is understood Advocaat still remains hopeful of adding an attacking midfielder and a striker, with Sunderland first in the queue to sign Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj on loan.