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He’s only rated at £1m but Sheffield Wednesday would replace Rhodes well with striker raid

BBC Radio journalist, Rob Butler, recently reported on Twitter that Jordan Rhodes’ move to Norwich City is edging closer to completion.

Rhodes only joined Sheffield Wednesday permanently last summer in a £10 million deal, but after a difficult season, the striker looks set for a switch to Carrow Road. It would likely be a loan move taking the 28-year-old to the Canaries, at least initially. 

The Owls are unlikely to recoup much of their initial outlay for Rhodes in this deal, so any replacement they bring in will have to be done so on a low-budget or loan basis. Wednesday already boast some fine striking options in the likes of Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao.

Any replacement for Rhodes then would simply be brought in to provide extra squad depth, competition, and cover for the ageing Fletcher. 

Chuba Akpom

Arsenal are likely to be willing to allow Chuba Akpom to leave the club on loan once again. Even if the Gunners insist upon making a permanent deal, the fact the player is entering the final year of his contract and is only valued at £1 million by Transfermarkt means that Wednesday should still be able to secure their target. 

Across his numerous loan spells in the division, the 22-year-old has endured mixed fortunes in the Championship. His brightest stint came with Hull City, who he featured for in 2015/16. 

The England under-21 international spent last season in the Belgian First Division with Sint-Truiden, where he discovered some good goalscoring form.

If Akpom can carry that high level into the Championship then a move to Wednesday could work out very well for all involved and help to kick start the promising young forward’s career. 

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