SCOTLAND international striker Jordan Rhodes, who was once personally scouted by Celtic boss Neil Lennon, is poised for an £8million beat-the-deadline switch to Norwich City.

The 29-year-old frontman was on the Hoops gaffer’s radar during his Huddersfield days when he scored 85 goals in his first three seasons for the Yorkshire club.

Lennon, during his first term in charge, admitted watching the self-confessed Celtic fan whose father, Andy, was a keeper at St Johnstone and Dunfermline in the nineties.

He was impressed with the energetic frontline leader, but the prospect of luring him to Parkhead was vetoed when Blackburn Rovers splashed a whopping £10million to take him to Ewood Park in August 2012.

Rhodes, who has scored over 200 career goals, moved onto Middlesbrough in a £11million switch in January 2016, but his form faltered at the Riverside and he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan a year later before he returned to Boro.

WEARING THE COLOURS…Jordan Rhodes in action for Scotland against Northern Ireland in 2015.

The Hillsborough side made the deal permanent in the summer of 2017 when they paid £10.5million for the prolific marksman.

However, the goals dried up again for Rhodes and he agreed a temporary transfer to Norwich City at the start of last season and claimed nine goals as he led the Carrow Road side’s Premier League promotion push.

Now the East Anglian outfit are lining up an £8million offer for the attacker who faces a sweat before Thursday’s English transfer deadline at 5pm.

Rhodes is out of contract next summer and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s opening day win at Reading.

It is likely a deal will be pushed through and he could be lining up with former Hoops fans’ favourite Patrick Roberts in the top flight in the new term.

Rhodes scored three goals in his 14 appearances for the Scotland international team.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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